September 09, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs fan shows his support of Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) (not pictured) before the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Gonzalez Trade To Chiefs: Why It Should And Won’t Happen


Tony Gonzalez wanted out.

Who could blame him?

It was early 2009 and the Kansas City Chiefs were rebuilding again. GM Carl Peterson and head coach Herm Edwards were on their way out and new GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley were in. With the end of his career in sight, it was easy to see why Gonzalez wasn’t interested in stomaching another rebuilding process. After all, he likely wouldn’t be around to see it all pay off.

So Gonzalez asked for a trade and Pioli obliged, sending the future Hall of Fame TE to  Atlanta for a second-round draft pick.

On paper, it was a brilliant trade.

The Falcons got a veteran player to help them get over the playoff hump and the Chiefs got a high draft pick for a TE (a TE!) at the very end of his career.

In theory, the trade worked out better for the Falcons than it did for the Chiefs. Gonzalez helped Atlanta win a  playoff game and the fact that the Falcons haven’t yet made it to the Super Bowl can’t really be blamed on Tony. The “Ageless Wonder” as some call him, has played very well down south and while he isn’t the same player he was in his prime, he is still one of the top TEs in the NFL.

As for the Chiefs, well they used the pick acquired in the Gonzalez trade to draft CB Javier Arenas, who was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a FB.

After three years in Atlanta, Gonzalez still came up short of a championship. Despite telling anyone who would listen that 2012 was his last ride, Gonzalez was coaxed out of retirement by an Atlanta team that many felt could once again contend for a Super Bowl in 2013.

Tony was still chasing that ring. Can you blame him?

Unfortunately for Gonzalez, the only thing you can count on in the NFL is that you can’t count on anything.

The Falcons are faltering in 2013 and are off to a 1-4 start. WR Julio Jones is lost for the season. The team’s running game is faltering, thanks to an injury to offseason-acquisition Steven Jackson. Atlanta’s division rival, the New Orleans Saints, are 5-0. To top it all off, the Falcons defense can’t seem to stop anyone and the team just suffered a soul-crushing loss to the New York Jets. Not to take anything away from New York but the Falcons D just got shredded by a rookie QB and guys named Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

That brings us to the question that seemed to be on everyone’s mind Monday night as the Falcons were falling to the Jets.

Should the Chiefs get Gonzo back from Atlanta?

It isn’t a crazy thought to have. Gonzalez is still playing at a very high level and is once again stuck on a team that appears to be going nowhere. The Chiefs are 5-0 and are sporting a championship-caliber defense but a very mediocre offense.

Gonzalez to the Chiefs is a deal that should go down.

But it won’t.

The reasons the trade makes sense for Kansas City are numerous.

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The Chiefs can’t move the football. Despite the 5-0 record, Kansas City has yet to find any real swagger on offense. KC’s success is not a mirage but the team is currently relying way too much on defensive and special teams scoring to keep itself from losing. At some point, the Chiefs are going to face an opponent that won’t turn the ball over and won’t allow a special teams score, and when that day comes, I’m not sure the Kansas City offense will be up to the task.

The Chiefs, as they are currently constructed, are a playoff team. With a little luck, they very well could be the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. Without it, they could be the 2010 Chiefs.

Remember the 2010 Chiefs? Beneficiaries of an easy schedule, solid defense and mostly error-free, yet unspectacular QB play, the 2010 Chiefs started the season 3-0 on their way to a 10-6 finish and an AFC West Championship. It wasn’t until the playoffs that the team’s deficiencies were significantly magnified. KC has one legitimate receiving threat in Dwayne Bowe and the Ravens knew it.

Baltimore 30, Chiefs 7.

The good news is that this Chiefs team is better than the 2010 squad. The 2013 Chiefs have a much better coach, a much better defense and a much better QB.

But there is still a lack of reliable weapons on offense and that is likely to catch up to the team in the postseason.

Gonzalez wouldn’t turn the Chiefs into the greatest show on turf but he’d provide another dimension to an offense that is struggling to score and capitalize on defensive turnovers and favorable field position.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith is a between-the-numbers passer. He doesn’t like to go outside very often, which is one of the primary reasons WR Dwayne Bowe is having such a mediocre season. Smith is more accurate and more comfortable throwing across the middle and checking down to his TE.

The Chiefs are in bad shape at TE. Upstart Sean McGrath has been exciting but at this early stage of his career, he isn’t fit to carry Gonzalez’s jock strap. Free agent Anthony Fasano is a good blocker and sports decent hands when he is on the field…which he rarely has been. Finally, rookie Travis Kelce has missed so much time that putting him on the field now is going to be a big risk.

Gonzalez, even at his advanced age, demands the attention of defenses. He doesn’t drop the football, and he runs very precise routes. His presence on the field would mean more favorable matchups all across the offense. Guys like Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery and Jamaal Charles would be twice as dangerous to defenses with Gonzo roaming the middle, drawing the eye of linebackers and safeties. In the red zone, an area where the Chiefs are struggling mightily, there is no one better than Gonzalez.

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The AFC playoff contenders are not particularly impressive. This Chiefs team, as it is currently constructed, could do some serious damage in the postseason. New England, Miami, Houston and Indianapolis all look beatable. The Chiefs appear to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the AFC. In fact, they might be the favorites, if not for one team.

The Denver Broncos.

What Peyton Manning is doing in Denver this year is unbelievable. As good as the KC defense is, it’s going to need more firepower to beat the Broncos in January.

I’ve seen some Chiefs fans scoffing at the idea of bringing in Tony, claiming that they’d rather that the team go out and get another receiver, rather than a TE. This confuses me, considering Gonzalez is second only to Jerry Rice in total yards among NFL receivers all-time. I’ve got news for you folks, Gonzalez is a receiver.

And he is a receiver that runs routes exactly where Alex Smith likes to throw the ball.

The Chiefs likely wouldn’t have to give up much to acquire Gonzalez, that is to say, if the Falcons were willing. This likely truly is Tony’s last ride and Atlanta clearly has some serious problems on defense. A seventh-round pick or even a young, developmental defensive player is a steal for a guy that is just a few games away from hanging up his cleats for good.

As for the Chiefs, late draft picks in most cases are grossly overvalued by both GMs and fans. The odds are just about the same that the Chiefs will find a few diamonds in the rough in some undrafted free agents as they will with a sixth or seventh-round pick. Sorry, but I’ll take Tony Gonzalez, even for one game, over TE Michael Merritt (KC’s 2008 seventh-round pick) any day.

The bottom line is that a returning Tony Gonzalez would make the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs better on the field and in the locker room. McGrath and Kelce would benefit from even being in the same room as Gonzalez and the leadership that a battle-tested, future Hall of Famer, could bring to the the offense isn’t easy to come by.

And if you think Arrowhead Stadium is rocking for Sean McGrath and his beard (and his one career TD), that is nothing compared to how loud it will get when Gonzalez does one more football dunk in red and gold.

Alas, as much sense as it makes, Gonzalez likely won’t be seen in a Chiefs jersey again.

For starters, the Chiefs don’t have a ton of salary cap space. They couldn’t afford to take on Gonzo’s contract in a trade which would mean either Atlanta would have to eat a portion of the deal or the Chiefs would need to convince the veteran to renegotiate his deal. You might be able to get that to work in Madden 25′s franchise mode, but pulling it off in real life might prove to be a bit more tricky.

Money aside, as I mentioned above, GMs way overvalue draft picks. If Atlanta’s GM called up John Dorsey right now and offered up Tony for a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft, Dorsey would probably say no. All GMs seem to be convinced that they’re going to be able to find the next Tom Brady in the late rounds or make a monster deal to move up and grab a player by packaging their late draft picks.

It will also be very hard for Atlanta’s brass to admit that their season is over, which is exactly what they’d be doing by trading away Gonzo. While I have a better shot at scoring a date with Kate Upton than the Falcons have of making the playoffs after a 1-4 start, the fact that there are some truly awful teams in the NFC means that Atlanta is only a couple of games out of the Wild Card race. It will likely take a couple more losses before the Falcons lose hope and even then it is hard to imagine Atlanta waving the white flag.

Finally, Gonzalez himself has gone on the record as saying that he has no interest in being traded.


I don’t see there is any way that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff would move Gonzo against his will. Then again, what Gonzalez says publicly and what he says privately are two different things. Even if Gonzalez did want to leave Atlanta, he wouldn’t say so to a reporter.

Gonzalez coming back to Kansas City this season would undoubtedly help the Chiefs. It really could even push them into the Super Bowl. It makes sense. It really does.

But for many reasons, including those mentioned above, neither team is likely to have the guts to make it happen.

So for now, Gonzalez will likely have go out with a whimper and not a bang.

And the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs will have to go out with a beard…and hope he can hang on to the ball.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Would the offense be improved? Yes. Is it worth trading away a middle rounder to rent him for 11 games? No.

    • Patrick Allen

      Who said anything about a middle rounder? Something is better than nothing. If the Falcons are out of it and he wanted to go, they’d probably take just about anything.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Anything between the 3rd and 5th is a middle rounder. That’s what it’s going to take to get him back in Kansas City. The Falcons have ZERO reasons to let him go for anything less than an R5. Even staring down the barrel of a wayward season. They have a franchise QB already. There’s no need for them to panic and make poor personnel decisions because their season went awry.

        • Patrick Allen

          They have plenty of reasons to let him go for less than that. They’re toast. They need serious help on the defensive side of the ball. They need more draft picks/players. Otherwise, the only think they will get for him is maybe a couple of more wins. Why not cash in?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            That’s all the more reason to demand a HIGHER pick.

          • Patrick Allen

            They can ask but they won’t get it. Which is why they would settle for they could get. The only teams that would trade for Tony are contenders. Won’t be NE with Gronk coming back. Won’t be NO or SF. Won’t be the Donks. There isn’t much market. The Chiefs could set it at a 7th and the Falcons would be lucky to get that.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            This is Thomas Dimitroff we’re talking about. He’s not going to trade Gonzalez for a 7th round pick.

          • Michael Shaw

            How about a 7th and Akeem Jordan or Jerrell Powe???

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Powe was cut, no?

        • Davé

          I would be cool with a fifth. I agree with Patrick, we put waaaaay too much value on picks.

          • Stacy D. Smith


            Branden Albert, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Brandon Flowers, Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson, Dustin Colquitt, and Ryan Succop.

          • Davé

            Yea and never mind I could list a million more that turned into nothing. Besides we are talking a fifth here and which one of those are a fifth or greater? only Succop?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Do you think it’s coincedental that the list of players I named are currently starting and playing well for this 5-0 team? You CANNOT undersell the importance of draft picks. R5′s matter if you have good talent evaluation (which we now have in John Dorsey).

          • Davé

            We have not hit on a fifth rounder since Brander Carr. With odds like that I would willingly trade it for a couple playoff wins and a chance at the Super Bowl. Not that any of it matters but if I could I would.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The Falcons have had Gonzalez for years now, on a better team (up until this season) and they have ONE playoff win with him. ONE. Tight ends don’t make teams into legitimate Super Bowl contenders. This is crazy talk.

          • Davé

            First you completely avoid the fact that we have got the following players in round five the past five years: Sander Commings, DeQuan Menzie, Ricki Stanzi, Dominique Franks and Colin Brown. Which completely obliterates your argument that we are risking much of anything being short a fifth rounder. Next if you seriously do not think Tony G being the security blanket for Alex who LOVES throwing to Tight Ends, and who LOVES throwing into the middle of the Field, would net some wins and make us a significantly better team you are the crazy one. Immediately Bowe would become a better player, immediately Jamaal would be more open out of the backfield, immediately we would have a significant Red Zone presence. RIGHT NOW he is a phenomenal player and last year won the game for Atlanta in the playoffs, on a team featuring Julio Jones and Roddy White no less. There is a reason why having Gronk back in NE is a big deal. There is a reason that Graham has history leading stats right now for NO, a 5-0 team. If Vernon Davis goes down everyone would discount the chances that SF is going to the Super Bowl. If Witten were down no chance Dallas would have been able to put up 48 against Denver. Owen Daniels is out and so is any hope the Texans have any chance of salvaging their season. But na you are right a complete shot in the dark fifth rounder wouldn’t be worth a trade for one of the best TEs in the league in a year we are 5-0 and have to beat Denver to get the Super Bowl. He wouldn’t make us any better against them for sure…………….

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I caught that right away, but again the talent evaluation overall was problematic in those years. We were missing on R1′s… It’s not surprising we were also missing on middle round guys. Those organizations were wildly inconsistent in scouting talent. That won’t be as big an issue with this new regime. Which is why I don’t think you can overvalue an R5. Rodney Harrison was a 5th round pick.

            The Pats haven’t won squat with Gronk.
            The Saints haven’t won squat with Graham.
            The Cowboys haven’t won squat with Witten.

            The tight end position is important, but Gonzalez is not the difference between us getting to the Super Bowl or not.

            We’re getting quality production from the TE position. It’ll get better when Fasano returns. Wanna bring in a TE? Fine. Trade a pick for a guy who’ll be here beyond 2013.

          • Davé

            Thats where we differ and exactly what you have yet to explain other than some absurd notion that Dorsey will be unlike the past half decade and produce a player that will even make the ROSTER let alone start 11 Games. A fifth would be worth it my mind, and even using your mind it would still be worth it.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            No, it wouldn’t. You keep talking about this as though the tradeoff will net us a couple playoff wins. It hasn’t for Atlanta and up until 2013, they’ve been a MUCH better team. They’ve won 1 playoff game in the 5 seasons he’s been in ATL. And they had a younger Gonzalez to work with. You think Gonzalez, 5 years later, is going to help us win two playoff games? Okay… Let’s just agree to disagree.

          • Davé

            I am talking about this for this year exactly. We have two, probably three games against Denver and we need all the offensive fire power we can possibly get. So what I would really be trading Gonzo for is three games, not eleven. So yea agree to disagree.

          • Tortfeasor58

            There’s a huge difference between the 2009-2013 Falcons and the 2013 Chiefs. When Gonzo arrived in 2009, the Falcons had a blossoming QB, a solid offensive line, a good running back corps, and a top-notch wideout. Gonzo was just another piece of a great offensive puzzle. However, the Falcons defense was atrocious, something that the Gonzalez trade didn’t help. Atlanta tried to get over the hump by making their offense as bad-ass as possible but ignored their defense in the process. In essence, it was like a top-heavy bodybuilder trying to get over the hump by doing more curls and lat raises–he’s just focusing on one area without addressing a glaring flaw.

            We are not that team. We have a stagnant offense but a stellar defense. Outside of Charles and Bowe, we have no solid week-in-week-out threats, and Bowe is outside of Smith’s comfort zone. This is essentially that same top-heavy bodybuilder deciding to do squats and leg curls–it rounds out the total package and makes him an all-around competitor that can be dangerous in all phases of the competition.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            How about the 2010 Falcons? They had a Top 5 defense.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Brandon Carr is reason enough. Remind me what kind of contract he got again?

          • Patrick Allen

            #1 all those guys you mentioned, save the kickers, came from rounds 1-3. #2 you keep insisting it would take a mid-round pick to get Gonzalez (though to be fair I don’t think they will trade him) when the market would almost certainly be a 7th or nothing.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I know where all of those players were drafted. My point, simply, is that good talent evaluation makes draftpicks more valuable than they’d normally be. This 5-0 team was built with draft picks. You can’t just throw them away on players who’ll have no future in your organization. That’s a short term fix. You have a guy in McGrath who looks like he’ll be a solid find. You got him for next to nothing. Let the man play. Gonzalez isn’t going to be the difference between this team going to the Super Bowl or not.

            Dimitroff is not going to trade a valuable starter for a 7th round pick. That’s an absolute pipe dream. He has no reason to sell the farm off now that they’re 1-4.

          • Davé

            And this year we would have nowhere near the 5-0 record we have had we not drafted Sander Commings or DeQuan Menzie last year, or Ricki Stanzi in 2011, or Dominique Franks in 2010, or without Colin Brown anchoring our line dating back to 2009

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I usually write injured rookies off too.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            You’re helping my argument. Save Commings, that was POOR talent evaluation. That consistently missed on 1′s and 2′s, let alone 5′s. Under that kind of administration, sure, throw caution to the wind because you never know what you’ll get. Under a guy like Dorsey with a proven draft track record? You do not trade R5′s for 11 game contributions.

          • Davé

            Oh awesome a blind faith argument. We shouldn’t trade a 5th because Dorsey will make a 5th into a superstar…you just wait….

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Dorsey didn’t start drafting players in April. It’s not blind faith.
            You can’t on the one hand dismiss the possibility that a 5th could pan out and on the other pretend to know that trading for Gonzalez will produce the kind of results you’re calling for.

          • Davé

            The possibility he will produce and help us against Denver are exponentially higher than the chance we draft another Brandon Carr.

        • kcpauly

          Stacy, I believe I read somewhere that before TG signed the contract this year that it was stated by both parties that if he wanted out that he could, I’m not saying the trade will happen, I doubt that it will , but just thought I would throw that at you
          Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joey Spivey

    The key thing to remember here is the “said in public” vs “said in private”. Especially in the case of a player of TG’s experience and caliber. He’s smart enough to realize the damage it would do to his reputation, and the Falcons organization, if he came out publicly and said “GET ME THE F*** OUT!”.

    Plus, Dorsey understands the value of TG, and what it would mean to a KC team that has demonstrated they can win with their weaknesses, but could dominate by strengthening them. Plus, the Kansas City Chiefs are a corporation, and it’s hard to argue that a TG return to KC wouldn’t mean a further intensified fan base, and a little extra green.

  • Michael Shaw

    I like the idea, but I as well don’t see it happening for the reasons you stated Paddy! Would love to see TG in a Chiefs uniform again!!!!!!!!!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Patrick Allen

      If the Chiefs really want to break the crowd roar record, I think the first TD pass to Tony G back in KC would do it.

      • Michael Shaw

        That wouldn’t break it, that would completely shatter it. Too bad we won’t ever see it!!! :(

  • Davé

    Yea no way Atlanta tells it’s fans that the season is over. As much as he would improve this team, and as great as it would be for everyone including Tony, its just not a realistic possibility.

  • Patrick Allen

    Kelce done for the year. Dang.

    • Davé

      Tony G put a curse on the team as he left.

    • Chris Tarrants

      On the bright side of this, if he had returned McGrath would have gotten the a raw deal! Bring Fasano back and let The Beard continue to build on what he has done. Kelce has Moeaki2.0 written all over him! Great talent but never on the field. McGrath was playing the game Sunday looking like a cheap imitation of robocop the way he was braced and bandaged up but yet he still played his heart out, that’s what we need

  • Chris Tarrants

    There are only two men in all of Missouri sports that could make history and life long memories like this would make. One being Albert Pujols returning to St. Louis to retire a red bird and Tony G. Returning to retire a chief! Even if we don’t bring him in this year which would be AWESOME, he should return next year and sign a one day contract and retire a Chief!

  • Nieko09

    Should he be traded? Maybe. Is he? No. The Atlanta Falcons are not the Cleveland Browns where they go ans trade one of their best player. Gonzo means to much to the Falcons, especially if JJ is out the entire season. They don’t have any big time play makers down the field besides White, but he hasn’t been to form since last year. This is only if Douglas isn’t being doubled because of Whites injury. Gonzalez seems to be here for the rest of the season and would only make sense for him to come back and play but instead of coming to Atlanta, go to the Chiefs.

    • Patrick Allen

      I thought Cleveland’s trade was crazy too but so far at least, it is hard to argue with the results. 3-0 since trading him. Rushing average has gone up.

      • Nieko09

        But that isn’t the basis of my opinion. Its not going to happen because we just lost our W1 with JJ. And their rushing can be linked to the return of Josh Gordon too.

  • JDInOregon

    While it would be awesome to see, it likely wouldn’t be the panacea some might hope. Granted, Tony G is still very, very good, and he would draw coverage, but it wouldn’t magically transform the offense. The issues with pass protection and run blocking would still be there.

    I’d rather see a 7th or 8th round pick used on someone like Ed Dickson of Baltimore, and see how McGrath continues to proceed.

    But I think Pitta is injured for a while at Baltimore, so that may be impossible too.

    Wait-I’ve got it. They line Albert up as a flanker, so if he moves and nobody else moved it’s not a penalty.

    • Jordan

      No such thing as an 8th round Anymore bud

  • Norman Gunn

    With Julio down TG might have his biggest statistical season ever..

  • kccush

    Is there no loyalty with this kc fan base? Did we forget all that tg brings and have done for this team and community? For me I don’t care what it takes return the best tight end to ever play the game back to us so he help carry this team to glory. And for those who say any of the tight ends on our roster can even lace tg shoes are crazy. Go chiefs!!!!!!!

    • Chuck Burrell

      TG showed no loyalty to his city after he told pioli this was a losing franchise and he wanted to be traded to a team he thought could win.

      • Davé

        Yea I agree he showed his loyalty when he dunked on our goal post. To be honest when I listen to him speak I rarely hear anything about a like of KC or any memory of his time here. My guess he retires a Falcon.

        • d-block

          I couldn’t believe he did that. At the time I felt so betrayed.

  • Tanner Cobb

    Should we fly the banner around KC or Atlanta? Let’s bring him home!

  • Chuck Burrell

    Stacy is spot on. It’s ludicrous to think they would let him go. Sounds like Tony doesn’t want to go. Let him stay, he can dunk for someone else’s entertainment. He wanted out, let the man have what he left for; a lone playoff win. Meanwhile, KC is heading for a serious playoff push. Has our offense been less than impressive? Yes. Should we panic and give away draft picks or a promising young player? No. Danny parkins was flirting with the idea of trading cooper for him. Dumb, just plain dumb. Let this season ride out. Maybe dex will come around on offense (probably not). But there is still time for it to gel.

    • Davé

      They won’t let him go and Tony doesn’t want to come back. To be honest I think we are all being too nostalgic for a guy that really doesn’t like Kansas City. I mean can anyone point to a moment since he left that he has appeared to have any affection for KC…Maybe when he dunked on the goal post as we were floundering away another game without him. He can retire a Loser Falcon, I hope he doesn’t try to retire a Chief.

  • Stephen Kronk

    The Bearded Wonder!!!

  • Doc

    While I would not mind terribly to see Gonzo back in red and gold, I don’t think it would be a good move now (and I don’t see ATL letting him go). The short term memories of Chiefs fans here. Publicly, Gonzo was saying he didn’t want to leave KC, but privately he told the locker room he was looking to get out. Same thing could be going on now with him in ATL. If he truly is happy there, then let him finish his career there. If he wants out, then so be it – but don’t pay anything higher than 6th round pick. Despite his skills he would still have to come in and learn Reid’s system and A Smith. Then what do you do with McGrath who has been producing? What do you do with Fasano when he returns? Get off the nastalgic man crush and have faith that Dorsey and Reid will find a solution to our TE depth issue. If that happens to be Gonzo, then so be it. Otherwise let’s support who we have now.

  • berttheclock

    His present contract is for $5.25 Million. The Chiefs do not have the room.

  • Davé

    Regardless of all the talk the guy doesn’t want to come to KC and neither team is interested in bringing him here despite the various ways it makes sense. My honest opinion: let him lose go out with a blip while our team is on the rise. Atlanta is going to go 8-8 and miss the playoffs and if they got in somehow some other team is just going to knock them out round one. KC won’t be the ones thinking what if…

  • H4BAF

    The Chiefs could find the cap room, and I seriously doubt Dorsey would scoff at a 7th rounder for Gonzalez. The trade may very well never happen, but don’t use those two as reasons why.