Should the Falcons trade Tony Gonzalez?

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Julio Jones has been placed on IR for the remainder of the season. Steven Jackson has missed three consecutive games with a hamstring injury. And as for the defense … well, we won’t even go there.

All of these factors have contributed to an Atlanta Falcons team that is now 1-4, fresh off a beatdown at the hands of the Jets on Monday Night Football. The Jets. It’s shades of 2007.

Tony Gonzalez sure as hell didn’t sign up for that. And we both know you’d be lying if you said you saw it coming. The Falcons were supposed to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders this year. Which is why Gonzalez – who’s 37-years-old and already cemented himself as the greatest tight end of all time – came out of retirement.

The man has nothing left to prove. His legacy is already set. But you can’t blame the guy for wanting to have another go at it. After all, it was the first time Gonzalez (and the entirety of the Matt Ryan-era) had tasted postseason success.

So as we take these things into account, we can’t help but ask ourselves, should Tony Gonzalez be dealt?

I mean, it’s the right thing to do, right? He’s earned the opportunity to have a real shot of going out on top. Not to mention it’s almost Cinderella-like to think that he could be potentially traded to the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. The place where he started his illustrious career.

Naturally, Falcons head coach Mike Smith has already dismissed the notion as ‘preposterous’.

“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.”

In other words, he’s basically saying: Even though we really, really suck, Tony is still really, really good. And seeing as we just signed a $100 million dollar quarterback and have absolutely no offensive line, there’s no way we’re going to get rid of his security blanket.

Yes, that’s obviously oversimplifying things. But in many ways, it is true. And Gonzalez, of all people, knows that there are no guarantees in football. Which we can only assume he does, as he’s already stated that he has no interest in being traded.

So should he finish his career posting Hall of Fame worthy numbers in a losing season, it would be almost just as fitting an end to his career as raising the Lombardi. I just know I would hate to see it. Gonzalez deserves more.


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