published Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Tony Gonzalez returning to Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez walks off the field after being defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL's  2012 NFC Championship game in Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez walks off the field after being defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL's 2012 NFC Championship game in Atlanta.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

In today's pass-happy NFL, the pass catchers grabbed the headlines on the first day of free agency.

And no target may have been more important than tight end Tony Gonzalez, who told the Atlanta Falcons he was returning for another run at the Super Bowl.

"I'm happy to say that after speaking with my family, I'm coming back," he wrote on Twitter. "The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up. We have a great shot to get to the Super Bowl, RISE UP ATLANTA!"

Gonzalez made his record 13th Pro Bowl last year, helping the Falcons to the NFC title game before falling 10 yards short of a Super Bowl trip. Gonzalez holds the NFL records for catches, yards and TDs for tight ends.

The future Hall of Famer's decision to return to the Falcons was just one of the busy moves of the first day of the NFL's crazy season, which featured several prized receivers such as Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin officially being traded and former Pittsburgh speedster Mike Wallace reportedly having agreed to join the Miami Dolphins.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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