If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to make a move on the trade market, they will have to do it by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. Considering what most Chiefs fans have been talking about lately, it should be considered the Tony Gonzalez Deadline.
Once Gonzalez decided not to retire after last season and instead opted to return to the Atlanta Falcons, it looked like he would never get a chance to make a return to Kansas City.
Such a move still isn’t likely, but don’t tell that to the Chiefs fans that are seeing the future Hall of Famer as the perfect fit for a team trying to deal with injuries to their top two tight ends. Especially considering Gonzalez is playing on a 1-4 Falcons team that was shocked by the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey would have to do some heroic cap management to make a trade with the Falcons work. But that’s not even the only obstacle.
Kansas City is already without their second round pick in 2014 (once they hit eight wins) from the Alex Smith trade with the San Francisco, but they would have to convince Atlanta their season is over.
Actually, even if the Falcons front office knows the playoffs aren’t in the cards this year, they’d have to try decide what kind of draft pick from the Chiefs would be worth admitting it to their fan base.
With a bye coming up followed by winnable games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals before the trade deadline, it makes any sell off by the Falcons even less likely.
There’s also the competition in the trade market to consider. Obviously Gonzalez could refuse to report for a team other than the Chiefs (if Falcons told him they wanted to make a move) but does anyone really think he would do that?
Plenty of teams would love to have Gonzalez in the fold — including the Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff’s buddy Bill Belichick — and could top any offer from Dorsey with a second round pick.