When Tony Gonzalez agreed to un-retire in his quest for a Super Bowl run, it never crossed his mind that the Atlanta Falcons would be sitting on a 1-4 record and trying to replace star receiver Julio Jones during their bye week. The only other reason Gonzalez even came back besides a Super Bowl run was the simple fact that he wanted to play for the Falcons and be a part of something special.
As we all know by now, the Falcons are far from being called Super Bowl contenders. In fact, making the playoffs alone would be a miracle in itself. Although the Falcons are not playing like the team that posted a 13-3 record last year, the possibility of trading Gonzalez to another team is zero.
Now, if Gonzalez asked for a trade, that would be a completely different story, but this is not the case. In fact, Gonzalez has stated several times that he does not want to be traded and wants to finish his career bleeding red and black — nothing else.
Although there are rumors that the Falcons organization could ‘possibly’ trade him to a Super Bowl contending team in exchange for a draft pick, out of respect to Gonzalez, this is a load of crap. To coach Mike Smith, the mere idea of trading away their Hall of Fame tight end is just preposterous.
“That’s preposterous that Tony would be traded,” Smith told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “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.”
Besides, trading Gonzalez for a sixth round pick is like trading your Aston Martin for a Daewoo. It would never happen, and this story or rumor is just that — a rumor.
Even with the Falcons having a disastrous season thus far, there is still time for them to make a run if they can get back some healthy bodies. The loss of Jones and key defensive players will make it very difficult to overcome, but the Falcons are too talented to not be able to make at least one run in the second half of the season.
In the end, the only way the Falcons would ever get rid of one of their best playmakers is if he asks for a trade himself. Until then, the chances of Miley Cyrus coming through like a wrecking ball is more likely than the Falcons trading away one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game of football.