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    Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons boosted their hopes for another trip to the playoffs by acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday for a draft pick next year.
    The Chiefs insisted they also improved their chances for success in 2009 by making the trade.

    The Falcons will send a second-round pick in 2010 to Kansas City in exchange for Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected to 10 Pro Bowls.

    Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. He owns NFL career records for tight ends with 916 receptions, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 100-yard receiving games.
    Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said it wasn't easy to trade the star, who played in 188 regular-season games for Kansas City.

    "From an organizational as well as personal standpoint there are mixed emotions," Pioli said. "I have the highest personal and professional respect for Tony and consider him to be a future Pro Football Hall of Famer."
    Pioli said the Chiefs, 2-14 in 2008, did not pursue a trade for Gonzalez, but agreed when the Falcons offered a second-round pick.

    "This is something we really feel was a decision in the best short-term and long-term interest of the Chiefs," Pioli said, adding the 2010 draft pick could be used in another deal to acquire more picks in this weekend's draft.

    "It may be that pick next year or it may be a pick this year or several picks," Pioli said.

    Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt called Gonzalez "one of the finest players in Chiefs history."

    Gonzalez will provide a dramatic new look for the Falcons, who were 11-5 last year with rookie quarterback Matt Ryan starting every game.
    "Tony's arrival will make an instant impact not only on the offensive side of the ball, but on the overall team in general," said Ryan, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. "I feel privileged to be throwing the ball to a future Hall of Famer and I'm anxious to get on the field to start working with him."

    Ryan has a new target and the Falcons have a new leader, but what about newly acquired Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel? Pioli said there's still plenty of time to bolster the Chiefs' offense before the season.
    "There's a lot of time between now and then for us to continue to shape our roster," Pioli said.

    When asked how he would replace Gonzalez, new Chiefs coach Todd Haley said, "I don't know I have a direct answer for that right now.

    "This is what we felt was best for us right now all things considered," Haley added. "We're doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance to win games in 2009 and that's what we as a group felt was the best way to go."

    The 33-year-old Gonzalez, who has three years remaining on his contract, asked to be traded last October. But then-general manager Carl Peterson said no team Gonzalez was willing to go to made a good enough offer.
    The trade addresses one of the Falcons' top needs, freeing the organization to make defense the top priority in this weekend's draft.
    The Falcons expect to receive compensatory picks next year for losing several free agents, including cornerback Domonique Foxworth and linebackers Michael Boley and Keith Brooking, making it easier for the team to trade the second-round pick to the Chiefs.

    Gonzalez will join Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White to give the Falcons more passing balance.
    "With Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White and now myself, we have the chance to be in the top five in the league in offense every year," Gonzalez said. "How could I not be excited to join that team?"
    Before making the trade, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, "Every team in this league dreams of having Tony Gonzalez run out of the tunnel for them."
    After realizing that dream, Dimitroff said Gonzalez will add "a new dynamic to the Falcons' offense."
    "His career numbers and records are top-notch and he will no doubt be an integral part of our offense," Dimitroff said.
    The Falcons said Gonzalez will be in Atlanta for a news conference on Friday. ------Taken from NFL.com
    Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press


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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    i case of decent deal for all concerned...Chiefs get a 2nd round pick (in `10) for a player who declared he didnt want to be a Chief anymore...Falcons get a hole filled before the draft....TG gets a chance of competing in the play-offs again before he retires...AND we get to win this years G-cup!

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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    Interesting deal, but how exactly does trading a pro bowl player for a pick in NEXT YEAR'S draft make you a better team in 2009 under any possibly scenario? No one tells the truth about any of this stuff.

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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    Falcons did well with that trade

    you imagine that they will be at least competing for their division, if not winning it, so the pick will almost be a 3rd rounder next year

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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    GC, it helps them this year if they choose to package that pick in order to trade up, or maybe they're more willing to trade some of their picks next year for trading up this year. But on the surface, no, it doesn't help them at all.

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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    Falcons did well with that trade

    you imagine that they will be at least competing for their division, if not winning it, so the pick will almost be a 3rd rounder next year
    Perhaps... but to compete for the division title, Atlanta'll have to have it's first back to back winning seasons EVER. I go with history on this one.

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    Re: Chiefs TE Gonzalez traded to Falcons

    Well, now they might be eye-ing Brandon Pettigrew as a replacement. Without this trade, I don't think they would have been looking at TE as a place of improvement. I can see this shifting things around if he were to be drafted by Kansas. Maybe not at the high spot they are at, but they could at this point move down (easily from where they are) and pick up some picks. Their position is more valuable than the Rams in the draft, and they could end up with some good results if they were willing to trade down and still pick up BP.

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