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

Gotta love Falcons' move for Tony G.

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
Posted on: April 21, 2009 5:28 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2009 6:19 pm

Don't be surprised if Redskins drop down board

There's been a  lot of speculation about the Washington Redskins moving up to take Mark Sanchez in this year's draft, but I just don't see it.

Instead, look for the club to do what it did a year ago and move backward, picking up draft picks as it goes. Washington could use a defensive end/pass rusher, and there will be plenty after the 13th choice. Washington isn't alone. San Diego would like to go backward, too, and pick up a second-round pick in the process. The Chargers have none, trading it away last year to New England.


Category: NFL
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