The NFL trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. Tuesday and star tight end Tony Gonzalez is still a Atlanta Falcon, despite plenty of speculation about a potential deal.
Gonzalez seemed to fan those flames a bit Monday evening when he told ESPN he would entertain a trade if the Falcons approached him about it.
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“If that’s something they wanted to do and they asked me, then, yeah, I would listen to them, of course,” Gonzalez said. “Yes, I would sit down with them.”
But Gonzalez, 37, also said he would not ask for a trade, and several national writers, such as Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, were adamant that the Falcons would not move the 17-year pro, despite their 2-5 record and the fact Gonzalez is expected to retire after the season.
Only one trade was made on trade deadline day. According to Schefter, the Eagles traded defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the Patriots for a draft choice.
Had the Falcons been open to dealing Gonzalez, the Chiefs, at 8-0, would have been a logical destination. The former first-round pick spent the first 12 years of his career with the Chiefs, hauling in 916 catches for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns, and has caught 38 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns this season.
He easily would have fit in with an offense that has played to the strengths of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith by featuring plenty of short and intermediate passes, some of which have been directed toward tight ends Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath, who have combined for 28 catches, 281 yards and a touchdown.
So while the man several fans still call “Tony G.” may have indeed been an intriguing option, it appears the Chiefs were also content to just sit tight and proceed with two players that have contributed heavily to their undefeated start.