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Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:59 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2009 3:10 pm

The way I look at the Tony Gonzalez deal is that it's a victory for both sides -- with Atlanta ahead on the count. Gonzalez wasn't happy in Kansas City and wanted out. That wasn't a secret. So the Chiefs get a second-rounder in next year's draft from Atlanta, and considering that Gonzalez is 33, unhappy and approaching the downside of his career I think that's fair compensation for Kansas City.

Yeah, I know he's one of the best in the game but he soon becomes a descending player, and the Chiefs peddled him while he still has value. That was smart. Years ago Bobby Beathard used to say the key to running a successful team was to identify the veterans who started to slip, then deal them while you could and turn the draft picks you acquired into young replacements. The Chiefs did that ... except that Gonzalez's numbers last year don't indicate he's slipping. He had one of his best seasons ever.

But he wanted out, and GM Scott Pioli apparently decided the Chiefs are better without him. Whatever. As far as the Falcons go, he fills a void and is a perfect teammate for a young quarterback like Matt Ryan. Someone suggested this might be another Jason Taylor deal waiting to happen, and it could. But if I'm Atlanta I'll take that chance. Gonzalez had 96 catches last year and scored 10 touchdowns, for crying out loud. The Falcons got absolutely nothing out of their tight ends a year ago. They will now. Smart, smart move by the Falcons.  


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:03 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

 and then take Brandon Pettigrew at 18

We won't take a TE anywhere near the first two or three rounds. Haley doesn't use the TE that much in his offenses.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 10:59 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

 As a Chargers fan with the best tight end in the league in Antonio Gates


Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:55 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

Im just hoping after giving up a top 3 TE, the Chiefs trade their 3rd overall to the Broncos for their 12th and 18th and get their DE at 12 and then take Brandon Pettigrew at 18.  If they are going to rebuild, then let's go ahead and get as many good players as we can

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:54 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

Look like the Dirty  Bird in the Dirty South is really back , with the move makes  Atlanta #1 in their division. Matt Ryan should be doing back flips, not only he have Gonzo, he have Roddy White to pull down the passes, and with the running expert Michael Turner in the backfield who also can catch out the backfield this is  the ingredient of a good recipe to the Superbowl.....MAYBE.

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 6:52 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

Roddy White is the BIG winner here.  He moves way up my WR fantasy board.  Someone like Tony G with big, soft hands to take cover pressure of Roddy.  Watch out for pro bowl season from White.


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 5:09 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

Classy comment from the KC fan...

And , no one in Atlanta expects TG to put up the same numbers he did in KC. If he's half as good as last season then is he drastically better than Justin Peele and Jason Raider combined (Does anyone outside of Atlanta even know them?). I would expect his catches and yards to go down some, solely because the Falcons run a lot with Turner/Norwood and will have other good targets to throw to. He should still catch his fair share though, and become a good safty net for Ryan. I would expect his TDs to be similar, or possibly even better, because the Falcon's red zone offense was pretty bad last year considering we had to outscore most teams. Really, our only two options were to run it with Turner (Predictable) or do some kind of fade route. Now that we have TG in the middle, it gives them a third option. He will probably do a lot scoring, or at the very least the other team has to guard against him and it opens up the first two options.

And to last poster- Most Falcons fans are thinking SB 44. We are also realisitic though, and know that A) the schedule is harder than last season, and B) The offense should be scary good, but the defense is still lacking. The starters we lost don't hurt that much (Because if you lose older starters off of a pretty bad defense what have you lost really?), and I'm sure they will spend most of the draft on that side of the ball. No one knows exactly who Atlanta will draft, or how good they will be though. So I'm going to wait a few months before I start proclaiming anything in terms of wins, post season, ect.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2009 2:01 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

A serious contender???  They were 11-5 last year and they can concentrate on defense in the draft because their offense is now fully loaded.  If I were a Falcons fan, I'd be thinking SB 44.  If Arizona can get to the Super Bowl............



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 12:24 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

While I don't think Gonzalez is done by any stretch of the immagination, it will be much more difficult to get the same output from him in Atlanta.  Who else on the Chiefs was going to catch the ball? Dwayne Bowe needs to stop dropping passes.  That being said, I am a Tony G. fan and wish him all the best, but think that he's going to produce the same in a different situation as he gets older is very wishful thinking.



Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2009 12:03 am

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.


    Actually he wasn't a true professional. A true professional would have honored his contract that he signed.But, no tg has to whine and complain. For as long as he is with the Falcons, I hope they tank until he retires.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 12:00 am

Gonzalez Loves KC


 Tony was very happy in KC. He loves the city, and loves the team. The only reason that he wanted out was that he wanted to be on a team that could have a chance of doing something in the post season. While the Chiefs will be getting better in the coming years, he would not have been able to do this with the Chiefs. He said that he is sad to leave KC. As an avid Chiefs fan who has watched Tony since I was 10, I wish him the best of luck down in Atlanta. He is one of the best to ever play the game and I am glad that he will have a chance to win.


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