The superb tight end has agreed to five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. FoxSports.com reports the deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money and is worth about $6 million per year.
The Green Bay Packers are going into this offseason between $25 million and million under the salary cap. Given the lack of production from the tight end position — Bubba Franks, David Martin and Donald Lee combined for 56 catches, 580 yards and two touchdowns — Gonzalez, an eight-time Pro Bowler, would have been a huge upgrade.
In his 10 NFL seasons, all with Kansas City, Gonzalez has averaged 72.1 catches for 871 yards and 6.1 touchdowns. Even though he'll turn 31 next month, Gonzalez topped his career averages in 2006, catching 73 passes for 900 yards and five scores.
With 61 career touchdowns, he's two short of tying Shannon Sharpe's league record among tight ends.
"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," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said in a news release. "He's done a marvelous job for us both on and off the football field."
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