The Baltimore Ravens made it clear that they still have championship aspirations when they traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe. It marked the first time that the Ravens made a trade during the regular season. So, why not improve on that statistic, and make another trade? Atlanta Falcons‘ tight end Tony Gonzalez would be a great target.
With Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones out for the season with a foot injury which he sustained on Monday night against the New York Jets, it provides a situation where the Falcons could be looking toward the future as they sit at 1-4 with their season being on life support. It is highly unlikely that the Falcons would give up on the season, but it didn’t stop the speculation that Gonzalez might be traded given the fact this is most likely his last season in the NFL, and wants to win a championship.
What would be a greater way to go out for Gonzalez than being traded to the defending Super Bowl champions in the Ravens, a team needing answers at tight end with Dennis Pitta out for the most of the season due to a hip fracture he sustained in training camp.
Again, is there a better way for Gonzalez to go out? OK, maybe being traded back to the Kansas City Chiefs to win it all. But the Ravens’ situation is more realistic. Gonzalez going back to the Chiefs would almost be like the Falcons admitting they made a mistake. I don’t see that.
The Ravens could trade a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick that could turn into a third if the Ravens make it to the 2013 Super Bowl. That proposal is given the fact that the Ravens already traded their fourth and fifth round draft picks to the Jaguars last week. I think it is reasonable.
Now, Gonzalez might not want to be traded, but that doesn’t mean the Falcons won’t ship him if the price is right. It would be a nice move for the Ravens at this point.