Gonzalez open to trade Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:07:35 -0700
The Associated Press reports Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez wants to be traded if the right deal can be made, a person close to Gonzalez said Tuesday, March 24. Asking not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, the person said Gonzalez was surprised that owner Clark Hunt had said the Chiefs were definitely not going to trade Gonzalez. "If the right deal can be made, Tony very much wants the Chiefs to trade him," the person said. "Tony is not demanding a trade. Tony cherishes the time he's spent with the Chiefs and he loves the way he's always been treated by the fans there. But he knows of some other teams that would be interested in him and if the right deal can be made, he wants it to be made."
Tony Gonzalez appears likely to finish his playing career with the Chiefs. Larry Johnson and Brian Waters could receive their publicly stated wishes to finish theirs elsewhere.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Monday during a break at the NFL meetings that the Chiefs had decided to hold on to Gonzalez, their longtime Pro Bowl tight end. Hunt also said decisions regarding Johnson and Waters haven’t been made but added that either or both could return to play for the Chiefs this season.
“We certainly will not seek a trade for Tony,” Hunt said. “I think he’s excited about the changes we’ve made here. I think he recognizes that with Todd as the head coach, we’re going to have an exciting offense and one that will feature the passing game. No matter our starting quarterback, it will be someone who will look his way quite a bit.”
The three veteran players have been unhappy with the Chiefs at various times and for different reasons. Gonzalez has said he would like the chance to play for a Super Bowl contending team and asked last fall for a trade.
After last season’s trading deadline — and since then — Gonzalez softened his position some, taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the Chiefs’ offseason moves before deciding whether he would again request a trade.
And therein lies the rub of an NFL contract. Gimme, gimme, gimme more money and more years. Secure me financially. But - when the team flat out sucks, and the player is generally a stand-up guy who won't make the issue ugly for the organization or his team mates, he gets stuck in this situation.
Part of me would like to see Tony play for a contending team - the other part finds it hard to feel anything for him, given he's made a lot of money and fame in this sport. I do give him props for not threatening to hold out if he is not traded.
"There is no charge for awesomeness or attractiveness." - Po (Kung Fu Panda)
Another report from rotoworld saying that he might go to Atlanta:
NFL Network's Michael Lombardi believes that there's an "80-85 percent chance" that Tony Gonzalez will be dealt to the Falcons this offseason.
It sounds like they are getting closer. Lombardi says Gonzo has already cleared his Chiefs locker in anticipation of a deal. Lombardi says that if Kansas City can get Atlanta's second-round pick, No. 55 overall, they will do the deal. Gonzo recently turned 33, but obviously can still play. He caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards (11.0 YPC) and 10 touchdowns in 2008. Apr. 13 - 7:19 pm et
I'm thinking Matt Ryan is somewhere in top5 if Atlanta lands Gonzalez.
I get this nagging feeling in my gut that this guy is going to turn into the next Peyton Manning/Tom Brady type player in the next year or two. I have honestly never seen a rookie QB play the way that this guy played last year in all my years watching football. Peyton Manning was equally awe inspiring in his rookie year, but in a different way. Ryan's got Roddy White right now and a running game in Turner/Norwood, but I think it will take one more Gonzalez like target before this guy breaks through the barrier and becomes one of those franchise 4000/30 throwing, 10 win every season type guys
Michael Smith from ESPN just reported on OTL that Gonzalez to the Falcons is all but a done deal. He didn't mention any compensation, but he said from his sources this deal is looking like it's going to happen.
Report: Gonzalez Traded To Falcons Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 23, 2009, 2:30 p.m. EDT The Kansas City Chiefs have traded Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a second-round draft pick, according to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
This marks the first trade between former New England Patriots colleagues Scott Pioli, the Chiefs’ General Manager, and Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons’ General Manager.
Ironically, Gonzalez rejected a trade to Atlanta last year.
Now, though, the Falcons have an established young quarterback in Matt Ryan.
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