Posted October 09, 2013

Falcons say they won’t trade Tony Gonzalez

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Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has 33 catches and 3 touchdowns this year. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has 33 catches and 3 touchdowns this year. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4 and four games back in the NFC South.

Three of their offensive weapons are nursing injuries:  wide receiver Julio Jones is out for the year with a foot injury, wide receiver Roddy White and running back Steven Jackson are dealing with hamstring issues.

Yet head coach Mike Smith said that 17-year veteran Tony Gonzalez, who came back for a final year to help the Falcons make a run at a Super Bowl, isn’t going anywhere.

“That’s preposterous that Tony would be traded,” Smith told ESPN.com. “He’s an integral part of our offense and has been since he’s been here. And he’s having another Hall of Fame season.

“In my mind, the last two weeks have been maybe his best two games since he’s been here. So he’s an integral part — and will continue to be — to the success we’re going to have.”

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Gonzalez has 33 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns this season.

“We are still in this,” Smith said. “There are still 11 games to be played, a lot of football to be played. We’re focusing on us and focusing on what we have to do to get a win. We can’t look beyond our next opponent. And right now, our opponent is the Atlanta Falcons this week. And next week, we’ll start focusing on Tampa Bay.”

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14 comments
RCH
RCH

17 years? Wow, he looks like he could play another 17.

Not sure what someone would be willing to give up for a player that will probably only play for 11 more games.

rondorondorondo
rondorondorondo

There is no wild card for a team with THAT defense. 

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

Atlanta is having a one playoff win hangover from last year.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Wait...

Did Smith say, ".... right now, our opponent is the Atlanta Falcons this week."?

That would explain things. They constantly beat themselves anyway...

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

So...basically holding the guy hostage. 

Classy move, Atlanta. 

Quit being losers OFF the filed too & just trade him back to the Chiefs so he can go out with some dignity!

CG555
CG555

Falcon fan here as well and I think the team will be lucky to scrounge up a wild card birth and even with that, that's an even longer road to get to the Super Bowl much less win it.  I would hate to see Tony go, but at the same time I would rather see him get a real chance at winning a ring.  I don't believe Tony is the type to go asking to be traded, but I think Falcons management should go to him and ask him if he would like them to pursue a trade to put him on a contender since he undid his retirement to come back and try to go for a ring.  It would be the classy thing to do in my opinion.  

Again, I don't want to see him go, nor do I want to give up the season only 5 games in, but it is not looking good at all.  Their games have been pretty close so far and they could as easily be 4-1 versus 1-4, but they are not getting the close game breaks like they did last year.  So on one hand I agree with Smith that they are not out of it yet.  If they go on a 11 game winning streak, they will be right there, but that is one tough climb and right now the Falcon's wings looked clipped and they are caged.

Dave36
Dave36

I am a Falcons fan but Smith is delusional if he thinks we are still in it. The team was struggling when most everyone was healthy and the second half coaching decisions made matters worse. Now major parts of the offense are dinged up or gone for the year, stick a fork in us we are done. Tony G. should go to the Broncos, he deserves that Super Bowl appearance.

Daniel19
Daniel19

@btcvsolo  Due to it being a bye week and only practice, no game....it'd say it makes perfect sense...

Craig
Craig

@CG555 Knowing Arthur Blank I wouldn't expect him to try to trade him.  However, if Tony came to him, he'd listen.  He is a great business man, but an even better human being, and he wants to do the right thing whenever he possibly can.  The ball is probably in Tony's court on this one.  I notice he doesn't seem to have weighed in on it either way, at least not publicly.

jbber
jbber

@CG555 Wouldn't that involve management throwing the whole coach/team/season under the bus?


Pat11
Pat11

@Dave36 Bronco wont give up anything for him, their TE Thomas is doing just fine.