When Tony Gonzalez talked to ESPN late Monday night he stated that he would never ask or demand for a trade, but if the Falcons felt it was right to trade him to a contender to get him a shot to be in a Super Bowl, he would be open to it.
“I totally understand it,” Gonzalez told ESPN.com late Monday night. “Everybody out there needs to understand that I’m not naive to it. I see it, too. This is the last [nine] weeks of my career. And right now, things are looking … you never know.
“But, like I said, I love my guys on this team too much to go ask for a trade. It would be something that would come from them where they said, ‘Hey, it makes sense because we could get something good for you and send you to a team that’s a contender.’ So I understand the thought process behind that.”
Gonzalez even referenced a comment made by one television analyst.
“When Jimmy Johnson says that it would be respectful of [the Falcons], I see that,” Gonzalez said about Johnson, the Fox analyst who said the Falcons should sit down with Gonzalez and ask him whether he wants to play for a contender. “And like I said, if that’s something they wanted to do and they asked me, then, yeah, I would listen to them, of course. Yes, I would sit down with them.
“You’ve always got to listen to them in anything. I don’t care if you’re not open to it or [are], you still listen and see what’s up.”
If that happens, I could see Tony Gonzalez wanting to go back to the Chiefs. Could you imagine Tony getting a ring for the team that he once led? What a great accomplishment, he deserves it Atlanta, make it happen.