Tony Gonzalez an Atlanta Falcon

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Thanks to Scott W in Madison for bringing to my attention that the rumors have given way to truth: Tony Gonzalez went to the Falcons for a 2nd round pick in 2010. I really want to know if Ted Thompson pursued Gonzalez at all this off-season. Who knows, maybe Gonzalez did not want to play in Green Bay anyway, but I sure hope TT pursued the trade. I’d have a hard time understanding it if he didn’t considering that TT made a nice effort mid-season last year and all Gonzalez did after that fell through was go on to dominate all TEs – an incredible year. He would have been a really nice addition for us.

He will be a great addition for Atlanta. I really like what the front office has done in Atlanta the last 1.5 years. They hired a quality coach in Mike Smith – one of those coaches who on the sideline, just seems to get the flow of the game. And now, between adding Michael Turner, Matt Ryan, now Tony Gonzalez – and considering Roddy White’s high level of play – this becomes a scarier team than the one that just went to the playoffs. Nicely done Atlanta.

(Also: just read that Atlanta recently signed veteran free agent LB Mike Peterson to a 2 year deal. That was smart – that guy can still play and like Gonzalez, probably could have also helped the Packers).

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2 Responses to “Tony Gonzalez an Atlanta Falcon”

  1. DaveK Says:

    Gonzalez wanted to play in Green Bay last year. I remember him being pissed the deal fell apart last year but maybe that has changed since 6-10. It’s really too bad that deal feel apart last year. From reports it was pretty much final except for the paperwork, which TT said he faxed to them, when KC upped the price to a 2nd and a 5th.

    The Packer’s 2nd rounder this year, the 41st pick overall, would have been a steep price for a guy that gives you two years. Thompson seems to do best with that 2nd round pick and he really hasn’t missed yet with that pick. Collins (51), Colledge (47), Jennings (52), Jackson (63), and Nelson (36). Brohm (#56) and Lee (#60) are still to be determined.

    But, adding Gonzalez who caught 96 freaking balls last year would have been a big boost to that offense especially in the red zone and if you consider the trade with Atlanta was for a 2nd in 2010 then if may have been worth it. Tough call. I probably wouldn’t give up the 41st this year for him but would probably pull the trigger on a 2nd rounder next year.

  2. DJ Says:

    2nd round pick is too high for him, IMO. If he had more than 2 years of potential left in him then I’d say go for it.

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