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Tony Gonzalez says 2012 season probably his last

Tony Gonzalez

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez takes his son Nikko, 9, from a family friend after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 45-24. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez signed a one-year, $7 million extension on January 1, and the new deal spanned only one year for good reason.

Gonzalez plans to call it a career after 2012. Tentatively, at least.

One year,” Gonzalez replied when asked on a Facebook chat Thursday how many more seasons he’ll play. “I said that last year, though, and the year before. But I really do believe this is it.

“First of all, this is the first time my wife has come to me and said, ‘You’re only going to play one more year, right?’”

Gonzalez, who turns 36 later this month, caught 80 passes for 875 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011. While Gonzalez still possesses soft hands, he has lost speed in recent seasons.