Tony Gonzalez says he'd never ask Falcons to be traded

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Tony Gonzalez is not interested in leaving Atlanta. (USATSI)
Tony Gonzalez is not interested leaving in Atlanta. (USATSI)

In the last week or so, there have been reports that Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez might be on the trading block. Which doesn't say much about the Falcons prospects for the rest of the season, right?

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora named the Ravens, the Patriots and the Chiefs as possible destinations, but as he noted, “It's all going to be in Tony's court.”

And Tony says no thanks.

"I'm still happy as I can be to be a Falcon," Gonzalez said Thursday, via ESPN. "I know there were trade rumors out there. I didn't ask for a trade. That wasn't me. I signed up, and this is the team that ... I came back to play with these guys on the team. And I'm enjoying myself, win, lose or draw.

"Obviously I'd rather win. It makes it a lot more fun. But there is no way I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team, I love playing for this city."

Of course, all is not lost this season for the Falcons, even though they enter this Sunday's matchup against the winless Buccaneers with a 1-4 record. Sure, game-changing receiver Julio Jones is gone for the season and Roddy White has been limited by a hamstring injury for most of the year. But Gonzalez has optimism.

And that (we presume) is why that he's not asking for a trade.

"I would never go and ask [the Falcons] for a trade," Gonzalez said. "And if that's something that they wanted to do to help their franchise, that's up to them. But it wouldn't be coming from me.

"Like I said, I came back to play with these guys. I have great relationships with these guys. ... These guys are friends that I'll call for the rest of my life. Like I said, I'm not going to jump ship. I'm not saying, 'Things are bad around here, so I'm out of here.'"

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