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Although Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to say he’s 95 percent sure he’ll retire after this season, quarterback Matt Ryan would like to see an encore.

“I’ve been lobbying the entire season,’’ Ryan said in this radio interview with "Mike & Mike in the Morning." “He’s playing at such a high level that he’s physically capable of coming back."

Gonzalez, 36, finished the regular season with 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns.

“But the biggest thing is it’s got to be a good decision for him and his family,’’ Ryan said. “Whatever he decides I’ll support him in that, and I’m just thankful that I’ve had the four years I’ve had with him.’’

As you might expect, Ryan was also asked if this might be the year he finally wins a playoff game. He’s under the microscope because he’s 0-3 in playoff games.

“I understand it,’’ Ryan said. “That’s the way of the NFL and the perception of fans at this point. Especially playing the quarterback position, I think you understand that even more. You’re judged on not only what you do during the regular season but how you perform in the postseason. We haven’t been our best, that’s for sure. But we’re at a point now where hopefully we can change that.’’

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Of course MR wants him to stay. I'm sure TD and Mike Smith have also been whispering sweet nothings about playing next year into his ears, but I think TG has lost his desire to go through the long grind of even one more NFL season. He feels he's accomplished everything he can as an individual player, and he's right. I'm sure he would love to go out with a Super Bowl ring, but if it doesn't happen this year, he'll still ride off into the sunset and into the HoF without one knowing he did all he could to make it happen. It's not a matter of not being able to continue to perform at a high level, or loyalty/disloyalty to the Falcons, he's just tired of the NFL and looking forward to spending time with his family and moving to the next phase of his life. And I'm okay with that and wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do in the future. Thanks for all the great memories TG!

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Of course MR wants him to stay. I'm sure TD and Mike Smith have also been whispering sweet nothings about playing next year into his ears, but I think TG has lost his desire to go through the long grind of even one more NFL season. He feels he's accomplished everything he can as an individual player, and he's right. I'm sure he would love to go out with a Super Bowl ring, but if it doesn't happen this year, he'll still ride off into the sunset and into the HoF without one knowing he did all he could to make it happen. It's not a matter of not being able to continue to perform at a high level, or loyalty/disloyalty to the Falcons, he's just tired of the NFL and looking forward to spending time with his family and moving to the next phase of his life. And I'm okay with that and wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to do in the future. Thanks for all the great memories TG!

I ask him to come back and tell him he'd be a part time player- take maybe 40% of the snaps- on 3rd down/red zone. Tell him he'd get 2 days a week off from physically practicing. Treat him basically the way Abe is on D.

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Although Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to say he’s 95 percent sure he’ll retire after this season, quarterback Matt Ryan would like to see an encore.

“I’ve been lobbying the entire season,’’ Ryan said in this radio interview with "Mike & Mike in the Morning." “He’s playing at such a high level that he’s physically capable of coming back."

Gonzalez, 36, finished the regular season with 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns.

“But the biggest thing is it’s got to be a good decision for him and his family,’’ Ryan said. “Whatever he decides I’ll support him in that, and I’m just thankful that I’ve had the four years I’ve had with him.’’

As you might expect, Ryan was also asked if this might be the year he finally wins a playoff game. He’s under the microscope because he’s 0-3 in playoff games.

“I understand it,’’ Ryan said. “That’s the way of the NFL and the perception of fans at this point. Especially playing the quarterback position, I think you understand that even more. You’re judged on not only what you do during the regular season but how you perform in the postseason. We haven’t been our best, that’s for sure. But we’re at a point now where hopefully we can change that.’’

Pat Y is getting lazier. Must be a slow news day.

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I ask him to come back and tell him he'd be a part time player- take maybe 40% of the snaps- on 3rd down/red zone. Tell him he'd get 2 days a week off from physically practicing. Treat him basically the way Abe is on D.

I dont see an offer like that being attractive to a guy like Tony Gonzalez. He is one of those guys who shows up early, leaves late, and the works out and watches film on his own time. I dont think he is capable of being a part time player.
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TG is pretty much the only TE to be in top 5 for almost all categories. If he wants to come back and play at a high level I would jump in joy. But, he did say in the Mike and Mike interview that just like Italian food you like, you can't have it more after your stomach is full. He did say there is some space left for him to play. Either ways send the man with a ring.

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