Green Bay Packers Can't Steal Tony Gonzalez from Kansas City Chiefs

Steve RoelandCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

Close, but no cigar.

That's how both Kansas City Chiefs tight end and the Green bay Packers must feel after the two squads failed to reach an agreement prior to the NFL's trade deadline.

According to reports, the Packers offered Kansas City a third-round draft pick in exchange for the nine-time Prow Bowler. Chiefs GM Carl Peterson allegedly went along with the deal but pulled out at the 11th hour.

Would Tony Gonzalez have made an impact on the Packers? Of course. But adding another offensive weapon should not have been the main focus for Green Bay in the trading market. Defensive lineman John McCargo was obviously on the trade block, as he was sent from the Bills to the Indianapolis Colts at the deadline.

McCargo may not have the name or talent that Gonzalez has, but he could have added depth in a spot where the Packers truly need it.

Even if Gonzalez was added to the team, his impact may have been minimal. Green Bay starting tight end Donald Lee has only 17 catches this season, four less than Gonzalez. And Gonzalez has been forced to catch balls from quarterbacks Tyler Thigpen, Brodie Croyle, and Damon Huard, leaders of the NFL's worst passing attack.

However, all talk of the trade is worth naught. Gonzalez remains in Kansas City, while the Packers neither gain nor lose players or draft picks prior to the deadline.

The only true loser in this situation is Tony Gonzalez, who has gone his entire career without tasting victory in the playoffs. Being sent to the Packers could have given the future Hall-of-Famer a chance at getting over the postseason hump.