Count Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff among those who want to see tight end Tony Gonzalez return next season.

"A guy who is 36, catching 100-plus balls (including the postseason), it just doesn't seem like it's time for him to move on," Dimitrioff told on Thursday. As recently as Jan. 17, Gonzalez was said to be "97 percent" sure he was going to retire.

Gonzalez caught 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns during the Falcons' 13-3 run through regular season. All three totals were his highest numbers since joining the Falcons before the 2009 season. Gonzalez also tallied 14 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns during Atlanta's two-game playoff run that ended with a 28-24 loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship.

The Falcons' playoff run included a win over Seattle, which was the first postseason victory of Gonzalez's 16-year career.