Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez
ATLANTA — Tight end Tony Gonzalez made his return for the 2013 season official on Friday by signing a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
The two-year deal is worth $14 million, according to NFL.com. He is guaranteed to receive $7 million in 2013, but there is no indication he will return for the 2014 season. The second year of the deal was included for bookkeeping purposes, according to the report.
Gonzalez had said after the Falcons lost to the 49ers in the playoffs that he was 95 percent certain he would retire. However, he said earlier in the week that he would return for a 17th season, although he was still officially a free agent before signing a new deal.
The Falcons made accommodations for Gonzalez under the salary cap by releasing veterans Dunta Robinson, John Abraham and Michael Turner.
ABRAHAM TO PATS?: Abraham and strong safety Adrian Wilson visited the New England Patriots on Friday.
Abraham, 34, is the active leader in sacks with 122 with the Falcons and New York Jets. He played outside linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4 defense and right defensive end in the 4-3 for the Falcons, implying he could be the ideal target by coach Bill Belichick, who wants versatile players for his “multiple” hybrid defense.
Wilson, 33, was released after 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He was a starter in 2012 but didn’t play in most passing situations. He’s a possible fit as an outside linebacker or strong safety.
WOODHEAD DEFECTS TO CHARGERS: Tom Brady lost another offensive weapon from his arsenal Friday when free-agent running back Danny Woodhead signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.
Woodhead’s move to San Diego, which was announced by the Chargers, comes on the heels of slot receiver Wes Welker also leaving Brady and the New England Patriots for an AFC West team. Welker signed with the Denver Broncos on Thursday.
As a dual-purpose back, Woodhead totaled 301 yards on the ground and 446 receiving yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season.
Woodhead, 28, is expected to complement San Diego running back Ryan Mathews and fill a role similar to Darren Sproles when he was with the Chargers.
JENNINGS LEAVES FOR RIVAL VIKINGS: Wide receiver Greg Jennings reportedly has reached an agreement on a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings --the chief rival of his former team, the Green Bay Packers -- on Friday.
Financial terms of the deal were not available, according to ESPN.com and the NFL Network.
Jennings had been talking to the Packers about a new contract, but none materialized, so he visited Minneapolis on Thursday.
Jennings is expected to be the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver after the team traded Percy Harvin to Seattle for a first-round pick and two other draft picks this week.
Jennings, 29, and has 425 receptions for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns since being drafted 52nd overall by the Packers in 2006.
Jennings is coming off his least productive season in seven seasons in Green Bay. Hamstring injuries and groin surgery limited him to eight games and five starts, with a career-low 36 receptions for 366 yards and four touchdowns.