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An aging star in great shape can miss the entire preseason and still be effective. Michael Strahan proved that in 2007, capping his career with a storybook Super Bowl win.
Now comes word that tight end Tony Gonzalez, who earlier was 95 percent sure he'd retire, might want to follow a similar script. An unnamed teammate told Yahoo's Michael Silver that Gonzalez would play one more season for the Falcons “if they pay him $7 million and he doesn't have to do training camp."
A team source offered confirmation, telling Silver: "If we offer him the money, he'll most likely be back for one more. He'll most likely be looking to miss training camp, though."
Gonzalez (6-5, 247) is famous for staying in tip-top condition and eating right.
His production would be outstanding for someone 10 years younger. In the regular season, Gonzalez caught 93 balls for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. He finally won his first playoff game and caught 14 of 15 postseason targets, scoring against Seattle and San Francisco.
With the Falcons coming so close to the Super Bowl, it makes sense for the 37-year-old Gonzalez to give it one more whirl. He earned $4.9 million last year.
"The money is there," a source close to Gonzalez told Silver. "Working out the days he can miss is the biggest holdup."
The Falcons are "cautiously optimistic" Gonzalez will be suiting up for a 17th season, according to the report.
The future Hall of Famer has caught 1,242 career passes, second in NFL history to Jerry Rice.