The last two days haven’t been kind to the Atlanta Falcons. On Monday night, the team fell to 1-4 after a loss to the woeful New York Jets in a primetime contest and on Tuesday, the Dirty Birds got word that receiver Julio Jones is likely done for the year with a serious foot injury. Shortly thereafter, Jason La Canfora tweeted about the possibility of the Falcons trading Tony Gonzalez since this is his last NFL season and the team is pretty much done after five weeks. The Falcons owe that to Gonzalez after this debacle of a season.
Gonzalez is the main reason why the Falcons made it to the NFC Championship game last year, which came after a divisional round win over the Seattle Seahawks, the first playoff win of his Hall of Fame career. No one expected Atlanta to be 1-4 at this point, but no one expected Roddy White, Steven Jackson and Jones to all be seriously injured, either.
So now that the rumor is out there, let’s just go ahead and say it: the Falcons should trade Gonzalez, assuming he wants to be traded. The team should do it as a thank you to its superstar for his years of service, but Atlanta could also benefit from the deal to plan for the future. But the key here is Tony G might have one last shot at winning a ring before he hangs it up for good.
The Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are teams La Canfora listed as possible destinations for Gonzalez in a possible trade as all teams desperately need tight end help to go from dark horse contenders to squads with serious chances to win it all this year.
Two other teams that come to mind are the Indianapolis Colts and Seahawks as both teams have terrific sophomore quarterbacks who could really take things to the next level with a veteran stud pass-catcher like Gonzalez as an extra weapon.
So there you have it: five solid destinations for Gonzalez to play, highlighted by the place where he started his career and recorded so many record-breaking stats before coming to Atlanta. Do the right thing, Falcons — trade Tony G so he can have one last shot at winning a ring before he retires.