NFL Rumors: Could Atlanta Falcons Trade Tony Gonzalez To Kansas City Chiefs?

Tony Gonzalez is playing in what he has said will 100 percent be his final NFL season. After setting the tight end world on fire for over a decade with the Kansas City Chiefs, Gonzalez was dealt to the Atlanta Falcons so that he could make one final run at a Super Bowl championship. While Gonzo and the Dirty Birds have come up just short on a couple of occasions, 2013 does not appear to be the season for which the future Hall of Famer was hoping. The Falcons are 1-4 and already three games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. Couple that with the fact that Atlanta fears that wide receiver Julio Jones may be lost for the rest of the season and that Roddy White is clearly still not himself, and it appears as if the 2013 NFL season could be a lost one for folks in the ATL.

With that being said, could the 1-4 Falcons trade Gonzalez back to the 5-0 Chiefs? It more than makes quite a bit of sense for all parties involved.

I first heard the notion mentioned by Tom Kessenich, who, by the way, is a great follow on Twitter and frequently responds to fantasy football questions asked by his fans and readers. Kessenich said that if he were Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, that he would be “lobbying HARD” for a Gonzalez trade.

It would be a storybook ending to a nearly perfect career. Gonzalez could go back home to the Chiefs in his final NFL season and get one final chance to play for that elusive Super Bowl ring. While it would far from guarantee that the Chiefs would make it to play in Super Bowl XLVIII, it would give them a big advantage at the position now, and Alex Smith has made good use out of his tight end. Just look back to the San Francisco 49ers and Vernon Davis.

Plus, it wouldn’t kill the Falcons to start adding a few draft picks. Ironically, the dealt so many away to acquire Gonzalez and Jones over the past few offseasons. So many things could come full circle with one simple move.

And the NFL probably wouldn’t mind a storyline such as Gonzalez returning to Kansas City either. This is a league that can still use all of the positive publicity it can get going forward.


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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.