Before you all begin hurling stones this way, let me be clear about how I feel about Tony Gonzalez. He is, unquestionably, one of the greatest receivers (not just tight ends) to have ever played the game. He is a first ballot hall of famer. He is an amazing man and at 36, was out-performing guys 10 years younger. Nothing I'm about to write takes away from him as a player and the deep amount of respect I have for him and for what he's done for this franchise.

But, I think his retiring can actually help the Falcons.

That doesn't mean I think they're a lesser team if he returns. That would be ludicrous. That doesn't mean I think his performance is about to fall off a cliff, because it won't. My thought turns to less obvious matters, but important ones nonetheless.