With the Atlanta Falcons dropping to the surprising mark of 1-4 on the season and with news that Julio Jones will likely miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury, crazy rumors have started swirling regarding Tony Gonzalez. It’s no secret the legendary tight end came back in 2013 with one goal in mind – winning a championship. It’s the one thing Gonzalez has never done during his illustrious career and everyone thought he’d have a good chance to pull it off in Atlanta this season. You should never say never, but it looks like the Falcons are doomed in 2013.
It’s with the assumption that they’ll tank the rest of the year, that people have speculated the team might deal Gonzalez. He could certainly grab them a second or third round pick and they’d also be doing the TE a favor by putting him with a contending team. However, the Falcons have come out and squashed these rumors.
“That’s preposterous that Tony would be traded. He’s an integral part of our offense and has been since he’s been here. And he’s having another Hall of Fame season,” said Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith.
Still, if there was one ideal spot for Gonzalez to land in a trade, it would be with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s where he spent the first 12 years of his career and it’s pretty clear the Chiefs are headed for the postseason this winter. Gonzalez would be a great target for Alex Smith and he’d make the KC offense much more dynamic. Plus, it’s always nice to see players finish their career where it started.
Even though the Falcons say they’re not trading him, we still have a few weeks to go until the trade deadline. If Atlanta still has one win on October 28th, you never know.