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).