Buzz around Kansas City has been the desire to bring back Tony Gonzalez to play tight end for the Chiefs after the Flacons fell to 1-4 on the season last night.
But according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Gonzalez wants to stay in Atlanta.
I’ve seen a lot of tweets w rumors that Falcons should trade Tony Gonzalez, just got off the phone w him he … http://t.co/GKMMpeZ7UO
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013
There are a few ways to interpret this.
A) Tony is saying the right things publicly, but could be demanding different things internally.
What exactly is Gonzalez supposed to say here? If Tony demands a trade and then doesn’t get traded that would create quite a problem for him in the locker room. Especially after the new of Julio Jones injured foot.
It is possibly Gonzalez is saying these things publicly, but privately asking general manager Thomas Dimitroff to explore trades.
B) Tony is serious about staying in Atlanta.
Yes, Atlanta is 1-4 and well out of reach to repeat as division champions in the NFC South. But Atlanta is only two games out of a wild card spot in the NFC with 11 games left to play. With the way the NFC is shaping up, a 9-7 record could nab a second wild card spot. This would require an 8-3 finish, which is doable for the Falcons.
C) Tony wants a trade, but not to Kansas City.
Gonzalez may want out, but he may not want to end up in Kansas City again. A trade to New England where he can pair up with Tom Brady and play for a team that has a history of making the Super Bowl in the last few years may be more appealing to him.
Or how about the Denver Broncos? Spotrac has them having $9.5 million in cap space. Maybe a pairing with Denver, where they are heavy favorites to make the Super Bowl, may be more appealing.
Then there are the Seattle Seahawks, who would not have to do much to expand their cap space from $5 million to add Gonzalez into the fold. Could you imagine an offense with Percy Harvin, Gonzalez, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, and Golden Tate? It would surely put Seattle in a good spot to make a serious run at a Super Bowl title.
While it isn’t entirely impossible for Gonzalez to not end up on the Chiefs by this time next week, there are many things against it happening. At this stage, Chiefs fans should focus on the health of Donnie Avery and Anthony Fasano, and hope that the offense improves as they spend more time working together.