COMMENTARY | Throwing in the towel this early in the season for the 1-4 Atlanta Falcons might not be ideal, but a team looking to get over the hump should definitely be on the phone to discuss who might be available in a trade.
Coming off a 13-3 season in 2012, the Falcons had visions of building off of their conference championship appearance. Instead, Matt Ryan and Co. already sit a full four games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South and received some potentially season-defining news Tuesday.
It is feared that star wide receiver Julio Jones could miss the remainder of the season, which would severely cripple what Atlanta is able to do on the offensive side of the ball -- the crux of the team's overall success.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports broke the news and cited that the Falcons are seeking a second opinion on Wednesday.
Breaking: Falcons fear Julio Jones likely OUT for the rest of the year w a foot injury. He's getting a second opinion tomorrow to determine- Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013
While the Falcons still have time to right the ship, doing so without Jones would be quite a challenge. And listening to potential offers for some of their tradable commodities has to start settling in as a real option for this team.
Tony Gonzalez is basically a one-year rental player at this point in his career, electing to come back one last time with the Falcons to try for that elusive Super Bowl ring. With title hopes all but dashed now in Atlanta, the tight end becomes a valuable trade chip.
Other than the news of Jones potentially being out for the season, chatter of a Gonzalez trade would be the top headline around the league. But Glazer said that he spoke with the future Hall of Famer, who said he wants to finish up with Atlanta.
I've seen a lot of tweets w rumors that Falcons should trade Tony Gonzalez, just got off the phone w him he ... http://t.co/GKMMpeZ7UO- Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013
Being the professional that he is, Gonzalez is going to say all the right things in this situation. He has, however, always been upfront with his intentions of winning a title before hanging it up -- which is why the Kansas City Chiefs threw him a bone by trading him to the Falcons prior to the 2009 season.
The Chiefs happen to be one of three remaining undefeated teams, and are in dire need of help at tight end. Bringing in Gonzalez makes perfect sense from a football standpoint, though ESPN's Adam Teicher is wary that the addition could create an adverse locker room dynamic to what the team has built up during its unbeaten run.
If winning is the only thing on Gonzalez's mind, however, fitting in will not be an issue in Kansas City. This team is focused on further distancing itself from the previous failed regime -- one that never included the future Hall of Famer.
Teicher also notes that Gonzalez is due $2.471 million for the balance of the season, and that the Chiefs currently sit $2.5 million under the NFL's salary cap. With no other moves on the radar, finances should not be a concern, either.
Kansas City brought in Anthony Fasano in the offseason and used a third-round pick on Travis Kelce back in April, but has just four catches and 34 yards to show for it (all from Fasano). Sean McGrath is a nice story and has been a positive addition since being implemented into the lineup, but nice stories don't win titles.
If the Chiefs are serious about ensuring their comeback story has a fairytale ending, they owe it to themselves (and Gonzalez) to see if a trade is possible.
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