The Kansas City Chiefs traded tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons today for a second-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, ending months of speculation.
Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt:
”On behalf of my family and the Chiefs, I want to thank Tony for his time in Kansas City. Over the last 12 seasons, Tony has been one of the finest players in Chiefs history, and he will always be remembered as a member of the Chiefs. His play on the field speaks for itself – he holds almost every major NFL record for tight ends, and he is arguably the best to ever play his position. We wish him the best in Atlanta.”
General Manager Scott Pioli:
“From an organizational as well as personal standpoint there are mixed emotions. I have the highest personal and professional respect for Tony and consider him to be a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.”
Wow, I can’t believe this actually happened. I know we’ve been talking about this possibility since last season’s trading deadline, but I don’t know that I really thought a trade would ever go down. Even earlier today, I said the trade I expected the Chiefs to make was for the No. 3 pick but that they would hold onto TG for next season. Though I noted Pioli would need to get a second-round pick for Gonzalez and he managed that, albeit a 2010 selection. I’m surprised Kansas City didn’t at least get a late round pick in this weekend’s draft just to add to the team’s total.
Gonzalez was always one of my favorite Chiefs, second only to Derrick Thomas and I really hate to see him go. He is the best to ever play at his position and it will be so bizarre to see him in a Falcons jersey next season.
Hey, Falcons fans: You’re welcome.