Falcons say they won’t trade Tony Gonzalez
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.”
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.”