Gonzalez Gets New Deal

With a deadline looming to void the last two years of his current deal, tight end Tony Gonzalez agreed to a five-year contract extension that will insure he'll retire a Chief.

In a move that was expected, President Carl Peterson worked diligently the last several weeks with Gonzalez's agent, the legendary king of quarterbacks Tom Condon, to get this deal done.

"Simplistically, we're very pleased to get this done," said Peterson. "It will, in all essence, allow Tony Gonzalez to finish his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. The obvious is he's been a very, very productive player for us. I think for our fans in Kansas City it was important for us to get this done. He's done a marvelous job for us both on and off the football field."

Gonzalez, who will be 31 next season, is showing no signs of slowing down. In 2006, he caught 73 balls for 900 yards and five touchdowns. He only needs one more to tie Shannon Sharpe for the all-time touchdown record (62) for tight ends.

After the Jacksonville game, Gonzalez told reporters that he hoped he could work out a new contract because he did not want to deal with the franchise tag again.

"I'm happy that I get to end my career where it started (in Kansas City)," Gonzalez told FOXSports.com on Friday. "I really didn't know what was going to happen for a while but in the end the Chiefs really stepped up for me."

In February, Gonzalez will be playing in his eighth Pro Bowl.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for analysis of this signing. Beginning on Monday Publisher Nick Athan will begin a 10-day series on what the Chiefs have to do to improve their fortunes in 2007.

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