Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez walks the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Gonzalez Asked Atlanta Falcons For A Trade

Remember that time we all thought Tony Gonzalez could be traded by the Atlanta Falcons and the Chiefs may be the team to make the deal? Well, as it turns out, Tony Gonzalez (kind of) wanted that to happen, too.

In an ESPN the Magazine piece that will go live next week, Gonzalez confesses he wanted to be traded at the deadline. Though he didn’t specifically ask for a trade in a formal sense, or state where he wanted to be dealt to, he made it clear he would be open to a deal. So open that he was upset when it didn’t happen.

The excerpt:

With the Oct. 29 trade deadline approaching, the Falcons were 2-5. Gonzalez met with coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff. He was careful not to ask for a trade, but he made it clear that he would accept one. Gonzalez told Seth later: “You trade me to a team that needs me, that wants to make a serious run in the playoffs and the Super Bowl. You get something in return for a guy who you know won’t be here next year. And the season isn’t going anywhere anyway. That’s rational.” At the trade deadline, Gonzalez sat at a restaurant with his wife and waited to hear which team it would be. When that call never came, he was not happy.

Gonzalez could have been a huge piece for the Chiefs in the second half of the season. While he may not have helped the Chiefs overcome the loss of Justin Houston, he certainly would have opened up the passing game a little more and would have been useful in red zone situations. Alas, it wasn’t to be.

I know he wasn’t there at the time, but can we go ahead and blame Scott Pioli for this one, anyway?


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  • Nicholas Abuhl

    A legend for a wash up. Awesome. Great move.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I’m still bitter, it was like it was meant to be. Atlanta did Tony wrong.

    • berttheclock

      Dmitroff did more than wrong. He ended up losing him in the long run with nothing to show on the draft side. I have written several times that the high flying Falcons have been turned into common English sparrows as a result of very poor moves by Dmitroff and, now, compounding it by adding Pioli to bring him coffee and make sure the stairwells are clean.

      Did you read the part of that interview where Tony G said should the Falcons be in contention in November, he would consider joining them? Due to the fact, he still has one year left on his contract, they would have to cut him in order for that same “November” run apply to the Chiefs.

  • ArrowFan

    Atlanta is stupid they would have been better off trading him for a draft pic. They probably wanted to high of one.

  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    I’m a DIE HARD Chiefs fan and I always will be but I’m glad we didn’t take him. I don’t know if he’s just unlucky or just can’t handle big game pressure. I need my “super stars” to make their names in the games that count. I love Tony G but he’s the Marino of TE’s.

    • berttheclock

      Tony G, also, said in that interview he does not believe Matt Ryan is an Elite QB, so, perhaps that “big game pressure” has far more to do with Ryan than Tony G. Plus, the fact Dmitroff let that team’s defense get old and slow.

    • calciomoti

      Right I totally remember him throwing himself the ball and then dropping it….I especially remember when Peyton and the colts came to arrowhead and priest breaking a long run then fumbling it away…which was totally Tony’s fault. Or the catch in the end zone that was ruled out of bounds against the broncos…who are thanking the NFL that there was no replay at the time…horrible playoff record for a te.

  • tm1946

    Karma can be a real toughie.

  • Billie Cabral

    Goes to show how Atl front office is a mess! Poor Tony but I guess that is poetic justice for you.

    • d-block

      And considering they added Pioli, it doesn’t look to improve.

  • andy

    not too late Tony, give me a call.

    • The_Indian_Boy

      Actually, its very late. If you recall, in a gametime interview at the Pro Bowl, he announced he would be retiring.

      • arrowheadaddict

        I think he is joking that he could still come back if he wanted to. If you recall, Tony said he was retiring last year as well.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I don’t know about you but I have no doubt we would have made that final drive against Indy to win the game if Tony had been on the team.

  • Mike

    Tong G deserved far better than ending his career in such a way as he did. Most Falcons’ fans I know would have favored that trade because they held this guy in such high respect. Worst still, when it was all over, our HC and GM got contract extensions… as if they had just won a SB.

    Been a Falcs fan since 1968 and have yet to figure out why I love this team so much.