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"Why would I want to sign a long-term deal at the end of my career with a rebuilding year? Things probably would have been different," Gonzalez said. "I think this team is going in the right direction. They've got some great young talent on this team, but they are rebuilding."
Peterson also noted Gonzalez's contract.
"We made a commitment in February of 2007, a five-year extension for $17.5 million guaranteed dollars," he said. "A commitment was what we hoped Tony would finish his career as a Chief. At the time, he and (his agent) absolutely agreed with that."
Peterson did agree with his star tight end that it was time for all parties to move on.
"It didn't pan out," he said. "I didn't have a lot of anticipation it would, very frankly."
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