Tony Gonzalez Out: AFC West Relieved

PunkusAnalyst IApril 23, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 23:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against D.J. Williams #55 of the Denver Broncos on November 23, 2006 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won, 19-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

After 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tony Gonzalez has been traded to the Atlanta Falcons. Last year Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In a dozen NFL seasons, Gonzalez has caught 916 career passes for 10,940 yards and 76 touchdowns, and holds almost every major NFL record for tight ends. He is arguably the best to ever play the tight end position.

And the best part is: the Denver Broncos don't have to play against him anymore.

When a guy is that good, you have to account for him on the field, you have to cover him closely or double team him.  Tony was probably KC's biggest offensive weapon over the past few years and now we don't need to worry about him.

With empty-jerseys safeties on the field and back-up LB's attempting to cover Tony, he had eight catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in two games against Denver last year with Tyler Thigpen throwing to him. 

The Denver Broncos will likely never have to compete against Tony Gonzalez again since he will probably only play one or two more seasons, and Denver just played the NFC South last year, so they will not come up in the rotation for a while.

Gonzo is an amazing player and well respected, and he will be missed by Kansas City Chiefs' fans everywhere, but the fans of the rest of the teams in the AFC West are breathing a sigh of relief.  We no longer have to play against Tony Gonzalez twice a year.