Tony Gonzalez on the block

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Tony Gonzalez on the trading blockFor the first time that I can remember a star NFL player may get traded at the NFL trade deadline. That player would be Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, yes he’s on the back end of his career but he is still one of the best TE’s in NFL history. Even at the age of 32 the guy can still flat out perform, he’s got 21 catches over 5 games this year, for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns. So why would the Chiefs be looking to deal? Who would be interested in his services? What would it take to get a deal done? And, why would Tony also want out of Kansas City?

“I’m winding down in my career and I’m thinking this is not what I signed on for last year when I redid my deal,” Gonzalez said in August “It is what it is. There’s nothing we can do about it.”

Just think about that, that was in August!! Before the season even started Gonzalez knew he needed to head elsewhere to get a chance at his one career goal, to be a Super Bowl Champion. “That’s another thing that weighs on my mind all the time, and that’s part of the frustration. … I haven’t even won a playoff game. That’s the reality of it. You can look back and say you had a pretty good career, but I want to be able to say I went to the playoffs, I won some playoff games and I went to the Super Bowl.” So now we know why he wants out, that narrows the list of teams who could acquire him. Let’s take a look at the teams showing interest.

So far there have been four teams showing interest, and all have a legitimate chance at playing for this year’s Vince Lombardi trophy. Those teams would include the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants. Out of those four I’d say the two with the most need would be the Eagles and the Giants.

For the Eagles, current starter L.J. Smith has turned out to be an absolute dud, yes he’s had 9 catches for 75 yards and a touch in only 3 games but right there lies my point. He’s only played 3 of the Eagles 5 games, and is proving once again he cannot keep himself healthy and on the field. Bringing in a consistently healthy and productive tight end could help this team tremendously. They’d be able to split reps between the two and help keep Smith fresh, and hopefully avoid the injuries that have plagued him so far. The problem is Smith just got a big deal for this season and knowing Eagles management they’ll continue to throw him out there and let him try to earn that deal. That’s why even thou they could really benefit, I doubt think the Eagles would match the Chiefs asking price.


The other team most likely to make a move is the Giants. Yes, even the Super Bowl Champs have holes and tight end is a major one. While they haven’t missed a beat in moving Jeremy Shockey, the replacements haven’t lived up to their hype. I’ll admit I was very high on Kevin Boss, his specialty is catching the ball and yet he’s only got 5 catches for 60 yards. I’m not sure if it’s Boss, the game plan or Eli Manning just flat out not trusting the kid, but he’s not getting a chance to get the job done. He’s still pretty green in the blocking game too. Adding Gonzalez would give the Giants a legitimate down field, up the middle receiving threat and at the same time give Boss someone to learn from. Boss learned a lot from Shockey last year, if he gets a chance to learn from the best now would only benefit him more. The problem again thou, is do the Giants match the Chiefs asking price?

So what are the Chiefs thinking? The Chiefs know they’re in a rebuilding mode and are more then willing to help Tony fulfill his dream of getting to the big game. It’s a pretty nice gesture by the team, they’re pretty much paying him back for all the things he has done for this franchise. But here is the problem, the Chiefs know how talented he still is and will NOT give him away cheap. Their asking price is a third round draft pick. The only team known to make an offer so far is the Giants and it’s only a sixth rounder.

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For a mid-season trade to take place, the Chiefs will have to lower their price. At the same point, I think the Giants may have to raise there’s some maybe a fifth, and make it a conditional fourth or third. Those conditional trades have become the norm in the NFL, and this is definitely one that should be treated that way. Unfortunately for Tony Gonzalez, I think next Sunday he’ll be on the field in Kansas City playing the Tennessee Titans. Hopefully I’m wrong, and he’ll be dressed in the colors of Big Blue taking on the San Francisco 49ers. If you’d like to read more about this, the Kansas City Star has an article talking about the Chiefs and their tight ends.


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