Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 13: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons against the New Orleans Saints at Georgia Dome on December 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Tony Gonzalez Injury problems and poor play have produced a thus far disappointing season for the Atlanta Falcons, which may work out to be an unexpected opportunity for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tight end Tony Gonzalez, a long time Chief, is in the final year of his career and wants to play for a contender. A possible return to Kansas City has been rumored. Alex Smith could have a new toy Gonzalez would without a doubt be an upgrade for the Kansas City offense, but not a desperately needed one. Sean McGrath has filled the tight end role well for the Chiefs and at some point Kansas City will get Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce back healthy. The Chiefs could stick with what they have at tight end and be fine. This gives Kansas City nearly all the leverage in this situation. If Atlanta decides that it does want to deal Gonzalez to get something for him while they can, the Chiefs can afford to show a poker face. Kansas City shouldn’t spend a lot for a player who doesn’t fill a desperate need and will only be playing the rest of this current season. The power of the walk away If Kansas City can get an Anquan Boldin-esque deal for Gonzalez, something similar to one 6th round draft pick, then the potential benefit would be worth the cost. Gonzalez will retire as the greatest tight end to ever play the game and spending his last season helping the team that helped him obtain that greatness win in the postseason would be a fitting end to his career. However, if Atlanta demands too high of a price, the Chiefs should stand pat. While Gonzalez would be an upgrade at tight end, less than one season of that upgrade at a position the Chiefs are already doing well in isn’t worth giving up a third round or higher draft pick. Bringing Gonzalez back would be an amazing story and would improve the Chiefs’ offense. Kansas City can’t mortgage its future to make the move though. Read more here
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  • Tony G. bailed on the Chiefs when they were having problems because he wanted to play for a "Contender". Now he wants to come back to the Chiefs because the Falcons aren't doing well? I say sorry Tony, you made your choice. Why would the Chiefs even consider it knowing he only wants to finish out this year? Would not even be fair to the present Players. I say up yours Tony!
  • Tony G. was and still is a great player, both when he was with the Chiefs and now with the Falcons. He left after 10 years only because he wanted to compete for a championship and the Chiefs didn't have a prayer at the end of his career here, despite his outstanding play day-in and day-out. He was always healthy while with Chiefs and through most of time with Falcons. He can still play and contribute in meaningful ways, even though it may be in a somewhat slightly diminished capacity now that he is in 16th year of an illustrious Hall-of-Fame career. Who wouldn't, if you have all the records and acknowledged to be the greatest ever in that position, but without a ring, of course you would want to chase it!!! Furthermore, he is a stand up guy both in and out of the locker room, there is no more admired community individual and player any where in the league. Even though Chiefs may be stocked in the position, it just takes one hit as we have discovered now that two of the TEs are out. He has never disparaged Chiefs, in fact, he loves it here and comes back to involve in many community events, has many friends in KC area. We should all welcome him back with open arms....Welcome Home Tony!! He will be inducted into Hall of Fame as a Chief. He started his career here and he should end it here. In this day of shameful NFL player behavior (National Felons League), I for one am very proud to call Tony Gonzalez a Chief!!!
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