[Kansas City.com] The lure of the potential riches that awaited him in free-agency was tempting to Tony Gonzalez.
Something even more powerful kept the Pro Bowl tight end in Kansas City and with the Chiefs.
“He started his career with the Chiefs, and now he’s hopefully going to end his career with the Chiefs,” his agent, Tom Condon, said after Gonzalez and the Chiefs agreed on terms of a five-year contract. “He’s going to be a Hall of Fame player with the Chiefs.”
“All of that was very important to him.”
Condon wouldn’t confirm the figures, but sources familiar with the deal indicated Gonzalez’s contract is worth more than $31 million and guarantees him more than $17 million. Gonzalez will remain the NFL’s highest-paid tight end.
The Chiefs believe the investment will pay off because Gonzalez, who turns 31 next month, showed no signs of decline last season, his 10th with the Chiefs.
“I had this conversation with him during the season and again after the season,” president/general manager Carl Peterson said. “He thinks because he keeps himself in phenomenal condition he can play five more years at a high level. I’m optimistic he can play at least three more at the level he’s playing. He’s still relatively young.”
“What you love best about Tony is that he’s the consummate pro. He’s always working to be the very best he can be.”