Arrowhead Pride is reporting (via Frank Boal of FOX4) that the Chiefs have rejected the Falcons’ offer for Tony Gonzalez. Now, the Kansas City media outside of the Kansas City Star is utterly worthless, so I’m going to classify this as a rumor for now.
Personally, I don’t think the Chiefs would reject a second-rounder, but I could be wrong. If the Chiefs do pull the trigger, they should draft Michael Crabtree to replace Gonzalez and pick a pass rusher in round two. Matt Cassel, Scott Pioli and Todd Haley are all coming from systems where they had two Pro Bowl receiving options. To not give them the same kind of tools they excelled with in the past would be plain stupid on our part. After all, if those three fail, then the Chiefs fail. End of story.
We could also draft a pass rusher early, say Brian Orakpo (who we just worked out), and pick a receiver in round two. I think that would be a riskier move for both positions, though. There is only one top-flight receiver in this draft. Meanwhile, there are a lot of highly skilled pass rushers, but no Lawrence Taylors, no Derrick Thomases. Crabtree could be the next Larry Fitzgerald.
My other thought is that maybe the Falcons low-balled us and offered a third. I don’t think the Chiefs are going to move Tony G for a second-day pick. Not when Cassel needs a supporting cast that can help speed up his maturation process as a quarterback. Plus, Tony getting moved for anything less than a second would be hard for the fan base to stomach. Even Pioli’s political football capital might not be able to withstand that.
More on this story to come…