It was 5 percent, then 3 percent and now maybe its back up to 50 percent.
Those are the chances in percentage terms that Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez gave himself for return for the 2013 season starting at the beginning of last seasons training camp, updated in the playoffs and now, with free agency set to start next month, general manager Thomas Dimitroffs best estimation.
Last Thursday in an appearance on NBC Sports Network, Dimitroff told Erik Kuselias of his optimism.
Tony has done so much for us on and off the field, Dimitroff said. I dont believe thats stating he would be lying to anyone, but I dont believe the 95 percent. I want to believe its a lot closer to 5050, to be honest with you. Weve had discussions. Obviously, (head coach) Mike Smith has had discussions with him. Were all in a good place.
Ultimately, its up to Tony to decide whether he wants to come back and potentially catch 100 balls again.
When the Falcons defeated Seattle in the divisional round,...