Well, this was a little awkward. Even though former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has gone through retirement ceremonies (twice) and accepted a job as a commentator on CBS Sports this fall, he apparently hadn't officially filed his retirement paperwork. As a result, Atlanta had to release him, and now has no claim on him should he decide to un-retire.
This seems like a formality, but there's more to it than that. Had the Falcons carried a not-officially-retired Gonzalez into the 2014 league year, he would have counted $8.75 million against the Falcons' cap, which is an awful lot to pay for a guy wearing a tie in a different city. Not only that, he was due a $3 million bonus this month had he remained on the roster.
“This was a decision we had to make with the start of the new league year as we begin retooling our roster for 2014," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a press release. "On behalf of the entire Falcons organization, we wish Tony all the best in hisRead More »from Falcons release Tony Gonzalez, who's bound for TV and Canton