Is Tony Gonzalez worth the Falcons’ 2nd-round pick?

The Internet and sports talk radio were buzzing Monday about the possibility of the Falcons trading for All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez.

According to the National Football Post, the Falcons “are seriously considering” sending a second-round pick (No. 55 overall) to the Chiefs for the 33-year-old tight end.

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter looked into the rumors and found nothing concrete, but says things could “percolate” into something.

Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

The Falcons’ top tight end Justin Peelle caught 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Would this be a good move for the Falcons?

174 comments Add your comment

Ignition

April 13th, 2009
7:47 pm

I hope not, I like building the team through the draft like we are currently during..

dooley

April 13th, 2009
7:50 pm

we really need the help at tight end, but it’s not worth mortgaging the future for a 1 yr stopgap that doesn’t want to be in the atl

jg

April 13th, 2009
7:52 pm

couldn’t hurt–however i do like peele and hartsock…defense is really where we need to focus–but gonzalez sure does make us look better on the offensive side of the ball. some days i’m glad i’m not the gm.

Dwight

April 13th, 2009
7:53 pm

Please don’t do this, TD!!! Stay with the current gameplan! Patience guys!

TazTurner

April 13th, 2009
7:54 pm

I like the possibility of Gonzalez coming to ATL. I think we need to spend our first round on defense, and Pettigrew will not be around in the second.

john

April 13th, 2009
7:59 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

The Dean 21

April 13th, 2009
7:59 pm

The good or bad move will only be truly judged by the men who run the Falcons and not the people on this blog who only has their opinions. The reason the NFL GM’s and Coaches are in place is to make decisions like this. I for one support whatever decision they make because it’s what they do for a living. I do have my own opinion as well which is what Matt Ryan stated earlier, I’ll just shut up and be a FAN! Just a side note: The average 33 year old male could not possibly be considered in the class of a professional 33 year old male athlete in good condition. We really need to be more supportive and by the way, this is only a rumor not actually a trade!

MattyB

April 13th, 2009
8:02 pm

How ’bout a defensive end as opposed to a tight end? A second round pick is a pretty price to pay for a man two-thirds of the way through his serviceable career, for a team with a defense as porous as our Beloved Birds. TG is no doubt a talented, multi-purpose tight end who blocks as well as he catches the ball. But me thinks our needs are on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage.

ermin

April 13th, 2009
8:04 pm

a number 2 pick for a 33year old tight end, at the end of his career is just simply CRAZY…. a number 5 ok, but no way a number 2. we need to build our team thru the draft and not give up valuable pick for a Tony Gonzales at the end of his career or any other player like that….

KC in Smyrna

April 13th, 2009
8:05 pm

I would do it for a 3rd round pick. Matt Cassel went for a 2nd round pick, why would an old TE fetch the same bounty? If we give up a 2nd for Tony GOnzalez, I want a 4th round pick from the Chiefs thrown in.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
8:05 pm

Please! No! No! No! This is NOT a good idea! No doubt huge money, for what is already a slightly over-the-hill TE. Guys, we are NOT on the verge of the Super Bowl here. Have you looked at our up-coming schedule? Have you thought about our anemic pass-rush from the front four going up against even better O-lines this fall than last (Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, New England, for god’s sake—not to mention Carolina twice? It would make more sense, if you want to break the bank, to trade the second round pick and cash for another first-round pick, and get a great young defensive line player.

bulldog

April 13th, 2009
8:06 pm

I AGREE WITH JOHN NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

CTrim

April 13th, 2009
8:12 pm

No!!!!! A second round pick for a 33 year old TE…this makes no sense when our defense has so many holes to fill. At least Tampa Bay got Kellen Winslow Jr. in his prime. This isn’t consistent with “the process” of building a great team thru the draft. I don’t think even McKay would do this!

TazTurner

April 13th, 2009
8:13 pm

Hey guys have you seen his stats??? Caught over 90 passes and 10 touchdowns! How can you say he is at the end of his career? I’d understand if he only caught 15 passes and a touchdown last year. Oh, that was our best TE numbers last year.

tony

April 13th, 2009
8:20 pm

Bad MOVE! We won 11 games last season with a bad defense. If we had a better defense we would have won more games plus we would have gone deeper into the playoff and possibly to the SB. Fix the defense with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd picks. There could be a super TE in next years draft. Good things come to those who wait.

ronnie

April 13th, 2009
8:22 pm

I really hope your all joking Tony G would help how Matt Ryan way more than you think….. I for one hope we dont give up the best TE to ever play the game and if you get him really be thankfull….. Trust me it would be a great great pick up…… And if he does go there really he will be amazing great blocker infact one of the best and he will be your best reciever…… so its 2 in one ….. got to give the man respect either way….. Go TONY G !!!!!!!!

Falcon4Life

April 13th, 2009
8:23 pm

I trust Thomas Dimitroff…period. If he feels like T.G. is worth our second round pick then I am good with it. How many of us thought that Glen Dorsey should have been the pick last year and were WAY wrong? So far, Dimitroff’s hits outway his misses by a long shot so I am cool and support what ever they do.

DekalbDog

April 13th, 2009
8:24 pm

Funny how a TE that caught 96 passes and 10 touchdowns last year is over the hill?? Drafting a TE is a unknown commodity, who knows how they will turn out but my bet is they won’t be in the same league as Tony G. He has at least 3 to 4 very productive years and he will instantly be the BEST TE in the NFC. “Right Now”

ronnie

April 13th, 2009
8:29 pm

taztuner has some brains wow you should listen to him…. very nice bro

John

April 13th, 2009
8:29 pm

This guy may be 33, but he is still pretty dominant. And who was throwing him the ball over the past few years? And he still put up those numbers. That still doesn’t make it an easy choice. A second rounder sounds like a lot. Just kind of depends on what caliber defender is around then.

ronnie

April 13th, 2009
8:32 pm

You guys are comin around now Dekalbdog knows what he is talkin about… atleast 3 yrs even 4 for sure

MV7

April 13th, 2009
8:32 pm

I think a 2nd may be a little much, but we have wasted higher picks on less effective players…. see TJ Duckett and Jimmy Williams… I think a 3rd would do it for me. Now if they are asking for a 2nd in return for Gonzo and a 4th or something I’d do it in a split second. He’s much better than any tight end in the draft and have a proven track record on the NFL level.

T-Rock

April 13th, 2009
8:33 pm

I for one like this proposed trade. Gonzalez would immediately upgrade the offense (over-the-hill or not). Then focus on defense the rest of the way. GO BIRDS!!!

ronnie

April 13th, 2009
8:34 pm

JHON…… you gotta think he is a great blocker one of the best and yes i see were it might be hard but . . . . . its smart .. . . not sure about ur o line but he will help on that either way

Tyger

April 13th, 2009
8:41 pm

More likely a trade for M.Vick…

Both players have worn out their collective welcomes, both former Pro Bowlers with big contracts, both fill team needs…

KC needs another QB, despite signing one year wonder Matt Cassell, they havent protected a QB since Len Dawson. In fact, the last image of a good KC QB is him being carried out on a stretcher. One with a strong arm and good set of legs would go along way to restoring respectability.

Gonzalez could provide some short-term leadership to a team on the upswing, but it would be short-sighted and out of character, but to move M.Vick, you’re going to have to extend yourself.

Moreover, KC would be prime for a MVick resurrection, a small market in the middle of nowhere, that could use any publicity, good or bad.

While talking, why not throw in Jamaal Anderson for Larry Johnson, it would certainly help our goaline offense. While at it, see if any interest in DJ Shockley, he’s never going to play behind Ryan and he’s ready.

willie

April 13th, 2009
8:42 pm

I agree with T-Rock. Remember that our 2nd round pick is late in the round this year…not early like the pick we used for Lofton last year. A late 2nd-rounder is far from a sure thing. I see no signs of Gonzo slowing down and he has 3 years left on his deal. I would do this deal in a minute, assuming he wants to come here. That was last year when he said he would not want to come here and who could have blamed him. I’ll bet he has changed his tune now. This deal would still leave our 1st, 3rd, and 4th picks to try to find some defensive help (I consider anything after 4th to be a flyer). Remember that the guys that we lost were not superstars. They will be replaced by guys just as good or close to it. We also have Hutchins and Lewis coming back this year to help out. And by the way, if you score enough points, you just need an average (maybe even slightly below avg.) defense to go a long way…just ask the Colts and really even the Pats. We can use the rest of our good picks this season on defense and continue to build the defense next year. This would complete your offense for the next few years. I say pull the trigger if you can, and if Gonzo wants to come.

jimmy

April 13th, 2009
8:45 pm

trade for gonzo???? why? so we can insult him and bring his possible hall of fame career to a end with 23-30 catches? do whats been working and build thru the draft and free agency depth. IF we were going to throw 60-70 times to the tight end would be one thing tho i would get the t.e thru the draft. the only way i would trade to get gonzo over drafting a t.e is if he came very veteran minimum wage cheap.

D3

April 13th, 2009
8:49 pm

DOL – you’re on fire brother. Two blogs within a couple of hours or so. Don’t even know which one to post on. Very interesting talk of TG for a second round pick. This is a tough one. What’s your thoughts?

Well, this certainly is a very intriguing possibility that has been put on our plate. As DOL mentioned, TD and Pioli being such good pals does raise the possibility. When I first heard of the prospect, my immediate reaction was to recoil at the thought of giving up a second rounder in such a deep draft. TG is 33 years old and probably has about 2, maybe 3 years left in him. So the question comes to, Does TD, Smitty, & Co. think we’re a Super Bowl contender in 2 years?

That’s a tough one to answer. On one hand, it looks like thats more of a 3 to 4 year plan due to the great unknowns on defense. Even though we have tons of guys (Chevis Jackson, Thomas DeCoud, Stephen Nicholas, Trey Lewis, Chauncey Davis), they’re still unknowns at this point. As Supes noted on the other blog posting, if we make the trade it is sending the signal that we are ready to compete for the SB now, and kind of goes against the ‘process’ that has been preached from day 1. The NE way was to build through the draft and add veterans via FA (Adalius Thomas, Junior Seau, Mike Vrabel, Fred Taylor), but rarely give up high picks for these guys. What’d they get Moss for, like a 4th rounder or something? Second round would be passing on a potential Patrick Chung, Shawn Nelson, Ron Brace, Louis Delmas, Connor Barwin, or someone of their ilk. As Supes also mentioned, what if TG were to get hurt? Basically throw that pick out the window in a prime year of our rebuilding process in a year with deep talent.

On the other hand, as TazTurner mentioned, he is one of THE premier TE’s in all of football, period. Consider all this with who has been throwing him the football for the last 3-4 years: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, Trent Green, Elvis Grbac, & Tyler Thigpen. Not exactly stud QB’s, eh? He’s at the top of his game and shows no sign of slowing down. If, and a BIG IF, TG came in and pushed our OFF to the next level, say a Top 5 in the league, it would have been totally worth it. No learning curve, like there would be for a Pettigrew, Cook, Nelson, Coffman, or Casey. Not only would this put our OFF over the top, but it would help out our DEF immensely, because TG would be a 3rd down conversion machine and keep them off the field. Finally, TD has shown an innate ability to mine talent in the draft. Chevis Jackson, Thomas DeCoud, Harry Douglas, Kroy Biermann, and Thomas Brown to name a few, just in one draft.

Really, really tough and big, big decisions to make. Glad I’m not TD.

JWS

April 13th, 2009
9:13 pm

Someone on the AtlantaFalcons.com message board suggested this: Tony Gonzalez and Tamba Hali for Jamaal Anderson and a 2nd round pick. That would be something to consider.

Hali isn’t a great fit for the 3-4. It’s possible that Anderson would be better fit in that system.

So, essentially, with our 2nd round pick, we get a Hall of Fame TE for 2-3 years and young very good DE.

If we take Hood with the first we could have considerably better D line then last year.

Intramural Team Is Aggressive

April 13th, 2009
9:15 pm

Just reaffirming everything I said on the other blog about it. If you go defense first round, it’s worth considering (but would like to have a 4th round pick back). Otherwise, defense through round 5 and take a gamble on a TE late.

Say what you want about age, but 90 + receptions, 1000+ yards, and 10 TDs is pretty solid numbers for a “32″ year old. Think he’s changed THAT much in a year?

Joe Schmoe

April 13th, 2009
9:16 pm

No way, at least not for a second rounder. Third pick, maybe think about it, but there is soooo much to gain in the future with the second round pick instead of for a guy that will only be around for a few years.

ron moody

April 13th, 2009
9:24 pm

When I watched tony g in this years pro bowl beat the best defenders the pro bowl had to offer, and catch pass after pass from Peyton, I would never have thought we might be able to get a player of his stature. I think tony is argueably the best tight end in the nfl and can certainly understand why td and smitty might give up our nbr 2.

MV7

April 13th, 2009
9:26 pm

Every one keep talking about 3 to 4 years…. If Gonzo is around that long it’s a plus. That is the average amount of years for a 1st contract and who knows if the 2nd round guy is a bust? I say we take a shot at it if we are going to go tight end in the 2nd anyway. Peele is a young guy I have confidence in and Gonzo can definitely help bring him along.

Make the trade TD…. draft your DB at 24 and depth the rest of the way. Then all you have to worry about is how many diamonds you want to put on that SB ring.

braveshater

April 13th, 2009
9:37 pm

What kind of Idiot would reject to this trade. Its the 55th pick, and Tony Gonzalez will be the best tight end in this draft even when he retires. We have way too many morons as Falcons fans!

Steve

April 13th, 2009
9:44 pm

Great idea if Gonzalez will agree to stay at least 3 years – don’t want another Texeira-like situation. This would give Matty Ryan another great option, and open up our wideouts.

doyle

April 13th, 2009
9:53 pm

3+ years left of all-pro…for a 2nd rounder?!!? go Falcons!

Chadilac

April 13th, 2009
9:53 pm

wow, everyone seems to be opposed to this. I’m not quite sure that you guys understand what getting a TE like tony will do for the falcons offense. That’s a move that could make the Falcons compete for the best offense in the league… Tony is 33 sure. But he is in outstanding shape and has a few good years left in him. And as for drafting a TE in the second round, as opposed to the trade, its not a guarantee that what the falcons pick will even develope into an efficient player. Brandon Pettigrew will NOT be available during the second round. If he is, he wont last long. The Falcons can focus on drafting a DE/LB in the first round via the trade, which is a major need.

Tony and Roddy will be like the other great TE WR combos. I believe Tony is the best TE in the league. Yes better than Witten and Gates. The guy hasnt had the QB to let him prove it though. Imagine the Falcons with such a threatening passing game to go along with our already superior running game. Stopping the Falcons will require lots of overtime for opposing defensive coordinators.

db

April 13th, 2009
9:57 pm

13 year vet….a second round pick. Just think want we can get with a second round pick….please be smart Falcons

D3

April 13th, 2009
9:59 pm

Dean21 – you’re right on concerning final judgements on trades. Whether a trade is plus-positive takes at least a couple of years to evaluate. Sometimes it may work out for both teams(Roy Williams for a 1st round pick to a rebuilding Detroit), and sometimes one team gets a steal(Patriots late pick for Raiders Randy Moss). Briefly looking at the trade from a distance, I don’t think you could say its a steal for either team, particularly since its #55 instead of #34.

Dwight – completely understand your statement and position. The gameplan worked great last year and looks only to improve. It would definitely send the message that we’ll be SB ready in 3 years at the maximum and 2 years at the minimum. Unneeded pressure? Yes.

KC-Smyrna – and additional pick would definitely make it much, much easier to swallow the trade. A fourth or even a 5th(since it would be an early 5th) would allow us to possible make some moves. For arguments sake we get a 5th in return, that would give us: 1st, 3rd, 4th, three 5ths, and a 6th. If we absolutely wanted to move up to a 3rd for instance, we probably could swing it.

TazTurn, Dekalb, TRock, & ronnie – great props for you recognizing that TG is NOT on the down swing of his career, at least not yet anyway. Next year or year after might be a different story, but catching 10 TD’s from rather terrible/unknown QB’s doesn’t say washed out to me. Not yet anyway.

Falcon4 – you got it. TD has definitely earned our trust from last years draft. I can say, regrettably, that I drank the Dorsey cherry kool-aid last year as well. Honestly, I’ll be happy either way.

MV7 – thank you for reminding us that we definitely have made some bone headed moves/picks for much, much worse. You mentioned TJ Duckett & Jimmy Williams. Let me add a few more to the stew: Deangelo Hall, Ed Hartwell, and a first rounder for…….wait for it………Peerless Price! The point is we could do a whole lot D- worse than #55 for TG.

Willie – couldn’t have said it better. Say we get TG for #55. We could still pick up guys like: Clay Matthews Jr, Larry English, Michael Johnson, Rashad Johnson, Chip Vaughn, Jerius Byrd, Sherrod Martin, Keenan Lewis, Sammie Hill, Roy Miller, or Terrance Taylor. Add a few of those guys WITH TG and that’s looks pretty D- good to me.

Mock Draft Quattro.3 (TG Style)
1)Clay Matthews Jr. – OLB
2)Tony Gonzalez – TE
3)Chip Vaughn – SS
4)Roy Miller – DT
5a)Keenan Lewis – CB
5b)Marko Mitchell – WR
6)Zach Potter – DE
7)Ramon Foster – T

Basically, trade my Shawn Nelson(TE) for TG. Sure, we probably only get 2 or 3 years out of TG, but SB contender for 2010 wouldn’t be totally out of the question.

db

April 13th, 2009
10:00 pm

Don’t do it!!!

Pete

April 13th, 2009
10:09 pm

Too old…………..too costly…………..too late !!!

Old school fan

April 13th, 2009
10:15 pm

MV7…I can’t believe this… we actually agree on something…lol. Roddy, Mike, Harry AND TONY G. out there for Matty…scary. I love it. With TG we have a year or two to worry about drafting and grooming a TE. Between now and then…DEFENSE. Think about it.

Old school fan

April 13th, 2009
10:16 pm

Don’t leave out my man Finneran. With him AND TG, no 3rd down is safe, for the opposing defense that is.

Old school fan

April 13th, 2009
10:23 pm

D3, like your mock

Bernie

April 13th, 2009
10:26 pm

Good Choice…the man still has 3 to 5 years left.His stats speak for themselves. This would be an instant success for Ryan and crew,..changes the whole offense plan and opens the field. Say go for it!!

Old school fan

April 13th, 2009
10:27 pm

I still hope, if this trade comes off, the Birds can package the #24 and move back into the early 2nd and draft Ziggy. I can’t explain why. I just get a feeling about this guy. Supreme pick.

Tim Parker

April 13th, 2009
10:30 pm

It’s a good move regardless of price tag. I don’t care how long he’s been in the league. He is the PREMIER TE in the history of the NFL. To NOT make this move would be nuts.

Consider the possibilities that this would create…We get a prolific receiver to stretch the middle of the field, draw coverage away from Roddy White and Harry Douglass, and provide a sure set of hands…tall hands in the end zone. On top of that, we get a strong blocker to add to the running game and a GOOD MAN that is only going to be in the press for positive contributions he makes on and off the field.

What more can you ask for…

D3

April 13th, 2009
10:34 pm

DB & Pete – care to elaborate on your point?

Old School – thanks for the props. TG would be a 3rd Down conversion machine.

Tim – Pefectly put. Can’t add anything else to that!

Old school fan

April 13th, 2009
10:34 pm

Amen Tim Parker

Explicit

April 13th, 2009
10:49 pm

On the Falcons messageboard the majority of people are saying, “absolutly do not do this deal” but I say, “DO IT and do it now.” A veteran TE is a rookie QB’s best friend often times and to get him for his last two or three years for a 2nd is a steal IMO.

Also some other positives to state about Tony is that you are safe if you choke on food while you are in the same restaurant with him and also his wife is smoking hot!