Gonzalez a fit for tight-end needy Patriots?

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Gonzalez a fit for tight-end needy Patriots?
August 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
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We have a new helmeted Hamlet to keep us on our toes.

Tony Gonzalez, who just joined CBS as an analyst, keeps playing footsie with a return to the field even though he's got a new gig.

"The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” Gonzalez told Newsday. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal. But I’d be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks? And even if I got the ring, it wouldn’t be the same as going through the fight with the team from the beginning to the end. I don’t think that will happen. The temptation will be there, but I’m 100 percent happy with my decision.”

Brett Favre is the peerless master of the fake retirement, but Gonzalez is discreetly making a push.

Consider that, after last season's swan song with the disappointing Falcons, Gonzalez neglected to file retirement papers. That forced the Falcons to cut him in March to avoid paying a bonus to him.

Of course, now that Gonzalez was cut he's a free agent sitting at a network desk. Gonzalez says his phone has rung.

Given the Patriots' wafer-thin tight end corps and the fact a Gonzalez-Rob Gronkowski tandem would be devastating (if Gonzo hasn't been gorging the past six months), there's a likelihood the Patriots were one the other end of at least one of those phone calls.

It bears watching.