Falcons' TE Gonzalez Considering a Trade

Published on 29-Oct-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Falcons' TE Gonzalez Considering a Trade

Now that the hapless Atlanta Falcons are 2-5, does tight end Tony Gonzalez want a trade?

According to reports, he'll listen.

But the Falcons aren't keen on that idea.

"Everybody out there needs to understand that I'm not naïve to it," Gonzalez said to ESPN.com. "I see it, too. These are the last [nine] weeks of my career. And right now, things are looking ... you never know.

"But, like I said, I love my guys on this team too much to go ask for a trade. It would be something that would come from them where they said, 'Hey, it makes sense because we could get something good for you and send you to a team that's a contender.' So I understand the thought process behind that."

OK, he loves his guys too much. But if that comment isn't a backhanded request for a trade, what is?

Gonzalez was supposed to retire at the end of last season, but the Falcons came so close to making the Super Bowl, he was talked into making one more run with Atlanta. However, injuries have ravaged the team, leaving the 17-year veteran as the main go-to guy in the offense.

Since he may be more insistent this time around that this is indeed his last season in the NFL, wouldn't it be nice to see the Falcons do the right thing and trade Gonzalez to a contender -- like his former home, Kansas City -- so he can get one more shot at that brass ring?

It's a pipe dream, I know, but it would be nice to see one of the good guys in the NFL have one more shot at the Super Bowl.