Why Tony Gonzalez Is Not Likely to Be Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs
It would make one hell of a box-office hit if Tony Gonzalez was traded back to the Kansas City Chiefs in his final season to chase the Super Bowl ring that's eluded him during his first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
Unfortunately, Steven Spielberg doesn't direct reality in the NFL.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9 at 3:25 p.m. EDT
According to ESPN, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the following on the Tony Gonzalez trade: "That's preposterous that Tony would be traded. He's an integral part of our offense and has been since he's been here. And he's having another Hall of Fame season."
The Gonzalez to Chiefs trade rumor was sparked by fan interest and eventually gathered enough social-media steam to ultimately become a legitimate question posed by the media to Falcons and Chiefs players, coaches and executives.
However, any chance of the trade occurring has been shot down by the most important people who'd be involved.
First, Kansas City general manager John Dorsey:
FWIW, John Dorsey said this to @theprogramkc today re: a possible Gonzalez deal: "I’m very frugal with those draft picks.''— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 8, 2013
Then, Gonzalez himself:
Atlanta is loaded with skill-position talent and signed quarterback Matt Ryan to an extension worth $59 million guaranteed in July.
Although the Falcons entered this season as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, holes along their offensive and defensive lines and in their secondary have been exposed during the first five games. Extra draft picks could help with future patchwork that might be necessary.
The Chiefs have won with ferocious defensive play and limited mistakes from quarterback Alex Smith, but tight ends Sean McGrath and Anthony Fasano have combined for 19 catches, 214 yards and one touchdown thus far. Gonzalez could help Kansas City's offensive attack.
To add more fuel to the trade speculation fire, the team got some bad news on wideout Julio Jones:
Breaking: Falcons fear Julio Jones likely OUT for the rest of the year w a foot injury. He's getting a second opinion tomorrow to determine— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013
Is the Falcons' season—gulp—already over?
So, yes, there's a legitimate argument that the trade could make sense for both sides. But just because there'd be a logical explanation if Gonzalez was moved doesn't mean he will be.
While the current standings aren't in the Falcons' favor, it's hard to believe the brain trust of the franchise is ready to throw in the towel after five games. If anything, with Jones likely done for the year and Roddy White nursing a pulled hamstring that may keep him out of a few games, Atlanta can't afford to let its star tight end go.
The Falcons need draft picks, but Dorsey is "frugal" with them. Tony Gonzalez, a player of pretty high character, "absolutely does NOT" want to abandon his team and be shipped back to the Chiefs.
The speculation—or Hollywood script—should really end there.
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