If season is wiped out, Tony Gonzalez will likely retire

Tony Gonzalez forecasts a labor struggle that carries into training camp and knocks out a little football this summer.

But if the worst-case scenario happens – and there is no football in 2011 – Gonzalez doesn’t see himself returning to the game.

“Would I sit out a whole season and come back — probably not, honestly," the Atlanta Falcons tight end told the Sporting News. “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.”

But Gonzalez’s hope is that it doesn’t get to that point, and cooler heads prevail in advance of this season.

“I think it might cut into camp," Gonzalez said of the labor stoppage. “Into the season, I doubt it. Who knows though? Hopefully we can get these issues resolved. The arguments from the owners’ perspective are a little outrageous to me. It’s the No. 1 game in the world. I think there are so many ways you could structure a deal.

"Maybe there are too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Maybe we should get one or two representatives from each side to hammer it out. But between the owners and the players, that’s a lot of different opinions and that’s why the process is going so slow. That’s why I don’t think it’s going to be resolved anytime soon. But I just don’t see an entire season being taken away.”

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