Are the Atlanta Falcons a Super Bowl Contender with Tony Gonzalez Aboard?

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Are the Atlanta Falcons a Super Bowl Contender with Tony Gonzalez Aboard?
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By Derek Lofland

This was one of the more surprising trades leading up to the NFL draft.  While Tony Gonzalez had been asking for a trade since last October, nothing happened prior to the trading deadline.  He had 96 catches for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Chiefs last season.

Then Gonzalez requested another trade despite the acquisition of Matt Cassell. However, it looked like the Chiefs had every intention of going forward with Gonzalez on their roster.

At the NFL winter meetings, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said the following: "We will certainly not seek a trade for Tony. I think he's excited about the changes we've made here. I think he recognizes that with Todd (Haley) as the head coach, we're going to have an exciting offense and one that will feature the passing game. No matter our starting quarterback, it will be someone who will look his way quite a bit."

Evidently, a lot changed between March 25 and April 23.  Today Gonzalez was sent to Atlanta in return for Atlanta’s 2010 second-round pick.

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