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Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:08 am

If no NFL season, Gonzalez probably will retire

Gonzalez Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If a lockout wipes out the season – admittedly, a fairly slim possibility – we might have seen the last game played by one of the greatest tight ends in league history. Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez, who would enter 2011 in the last year of his contract, said if the NFL somehow didn’t play the season, he would probably retire.

"Would I sit out a whole season and come back — probably not, honestly," Gonzalez told Sporting News, via Fox Sports. “At this point, at my age, I don’t know if that would be smart of me to do something like that. But I’m enjoying the offseason, working out and preparing like I always do.”

While Gonzalez is coming off a solid year – or what most tight ends would consider a solid year – his 70 receptions was the fewest amount of passes he’d caught since 1998. He still is on the fringes of being a top-five TE in the league, but it’s clear he’s not the same player he was in his prime.

Which means the Falcons better start looking for some help at that position.

Gonzalez’s backup, Justin Peele, is 32 years old and not a long-term solution, but there might be some potential with Michael Palmer, who had career highs in catches (43), receiving yards (507) and touchdowns (four) last season.

Nevada’s Virgil Green – who had a wonderful NFL combine – could be a possibility in the NFL draft, or the Falcons could wait until the later rounds. Green is expected to work out with the Falcons at some point before the draft.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Tight end news from the combine

Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS – We’re still early in the workout portion of the combine, but the man whose workout numbers have generated the most buzz early on around Lucas Oil Stadium is Nevada tight end Virgil Green.

Green set the bar with a 42.5-inch vertical leap. The second highest leap among tight ends thus far is Cameron Jordan of USC, at 37.5 inches. Green also has the best broad jump thus far, 10’7”.

These numbers comparable to what Vernon Davis put up in 2006, though his 4.64 40-time is more middling. Green is rated as the No. 5 tight end by CBS Sports’ Draft Scout. Prior to the combine, he was projected to go in the mid-rounds.

Rob Housler of Florida Atlantic had the fastest 40 time (4.55). Jordan had the second fastest time (4.59).

In other tight end news, South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders, who was declared eligible for the draft just two weeks ago, is out with a broken foot. Saunders, a late round prospect, is CBSSports’ 11th rated tight end.

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