A second round choice for Tony Gonzalez is too much. He’s very good, but he’s no longer a difference-maker. He’s 32 and has, what, maybe two or three good years left. (Please, no Favre comparisons — different positions, different world.) And with the way the offensive line is playing, we’d probably have to use him quite a bit as a blocker.
Mostly I think a second-round pick is too much. Our team is very young and I like the way Thompson hordes his draft picks and then trades down to get more. Look at the number of first-round busts over the past couple of years — and what those busts have gotten in guaranteed money — to remind yourself that this is a wise strategy.
It’s just my opinion. Others disagree. But I think it’s a bit silly to suggest that this is some huge mistake and that with Gonzalez we would be Super Bowl bound.
UPDATE: And Packerbelle sends in this link to a report that suggests this deal might not have been as close as some reports seemed to suggest. “We didn’t get anything close to what was appropriate,” said Carl Peterson.
ANDY RESPONDS: I did read something later this afternoon that said in the end, Carl Peterson just didn’t want to give up Gonzalez because he thinks so much of him – the article indicated that essentially, nothing may have been enough (can’t find the article link now). Anyway, I’m not sure who suggested that the Pack would win the Super Bowl with Gonzalez. I certainly didn’t. And I don’t follow your argument too well when you mention the problem with first round busts. Are you saying that dropping down and drafting later is better because you end up having to dole out less cash for players who can sometimes still end up being good? Or are you saying that drafting anyone, even in the first round, is a risky proposition so it actually is smarter to strongly consider taking a high quality free agent you know won’t be a bust? And by the way, 2 or 3 years in the NFL is actually just shy of the average NFL players’ time spent in the league – so I’d gladly take him over a question mark 2nd round pick (especially when we’ll have plenty of other picks). And he is a difference maker still – put him in our offense where the defense is already busy accounting for folks, and he would do serious damage. Yes, the O-Line would have to take care of biz a bit better, but he would have been an impactful player (used impactful there because Steve hates that word). Ok, the horse is dead.