Chiefs Trade Tony Gonzalez

Lucian ChaseContributor IApril 23, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs downfield during the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 21, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs traded six-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.

Gonzalez has spent his entire 12-year career with the Chiefs, achieving numerous NFL receiving records by a tight end along the way: most receptions, touchdowns and yards. He requested a trade last year, but no suitable team could be found for a trade.

"I love Kansas City. I grew up in Kansas City. The city means a lot to me. I got there when I turned 21," said Gonzalez.  "It will be sad to leave a city I love. But I'm looking forward to making a Super Bowl run in Atlanta every year for the next three or four years."

Personally, I think it's something of an insult to such an outstanding player, a player who has been the face of the Kansas franchise for more than a decade, to ship him out for just a second-round pick. I believe they will regret this move, with Matt Cassel now under center they could have made quite a duo.

Atlanta are the big winners here, they get solid talent for at least four more years, for just an unproven second-round pick.