When the Atlanta Falcons fell 10 yards short of a Super Bowl berth last January, it appeared as though future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez had played the final game of his 16-year career.

Now, the Falcons are becoming increasingly hopeful that Gonzo might not be gone after all.

According to multiple team sources, the Falcons are cautiously optimistic that Gonzalez, the second-leading receiver in NFL history, will return for another potential title run in 2013. Sources close to Gonzalez, an unrestricted free agent, said he is contemplating a return at the right price, provided he can miss some or all of training camp this summer.

"He will come back if they pay him $7 million and he doesn't have to do training camp," said one Falcons player familiar with Gonzalez's thinking.

Another team source added, "If we offer him the money, he'll most likely be back for one more. He'll most likely be looking to miss training camp, though."

A high-ranking Falcons official indicated the team would not likely let either of those issues become an impediment to a deal.