[Topeka Capital-Journal] In training camp, Tony Gonzalez’s answer to the contract question was another question.
“Do you see a smile on my face?” he rhetorically asked, implying the Chiefs had not yet re-upped the deal he signed in 2002.
Gonzalez has plenty of things to smile about after consecutive 100-plus-yard receiving days, but his contract isn’t among them. The Chiefs haven’t worked out a deal for Gonzalez, who will become a free agent March 1 if the two sides can’t make a deal.
Nonetheless, Gonzalez’s original deal, the last two years of which are void because of his Pro Bowl appearances, was scheduled to pay him $4.4 million per year. San Francisco 49ers rookie tight end Vernon Davis’s contract pays him $4.6 million per year.
Though he says he wants to finish his career in Kansas City, Gonzalez, who said he and agent Tom Condon recently made a proposal to the Chiefs, recognizes the possibility he could hit the open market.
Chiefs president-general manager Carl Peterson wouldn’t elaborate earlier this week on the Gonzalez negotiations, other than to say, “I’m always hopeful to get something done.”
“We’ve been in discussions quite a bit with Tom Condon, I’ve discussed this going back to training camp,” Peterson said. “We’ll see what happens.”