Gonzalez trade odds and ends
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Some additional thoughts on the Tony Gonzalez trade to Atlanta:
I've been getting the feeling that the Chiefs are trying to talk themselves out of taking Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. Maybe this trade opens the door for Crabtree in Kansas City. He'd make a nice receiving tandem with Dwayne Bowe. They are similar receivers and would give opposing cornerbacks fits.
- With Gonzalez gone, I wonder if the Chiefs will continue to make trades before and during the draft? Guard Brian Waters, who wants to be traded and who didn't go to the voluntary minicamp in Kansas City last week, could be on the move as well. If the Chiefs had the nerve to trade Gonzalez, they could trade the Pro Bowl offensive lineman as well.
- There are even reports that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey could be on the move. Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick last year but there are concerns that he doesn't fit in the 3-4 defense Kansas City is transitioning to.
- He has great value. There are teams that want defensive tackles in this draft. If Dorsey was available this year he'd surely be a top-10 pick. There could be a market for Dorsey if the Chiefs want to trade him. But equal value needs to be obtained.
- At this point, the new tight end in Kansas City will be Brad Cottam. He was a third-round pick last season out of Tennessee. He played in all 16 games last season and he had seven catches. He is 6-7. 269 pounds and is an outstanding blocker. The team believes he can develop into a solid receiver.
- At the Pro Bowl in February, Denver quarterback Jay Cutler was throwing passes to Gonzalez. It could happen again next winter for the NFC squad.
- Here is a transcript of Chiefs' general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley discussing the trade.
- The Chiefs and Falcons played last season. They will not meet again until 2012. Unlike Cutler and the Broncos, Gonzalez will not meet the Chiefs this preseason.
- The trade of Gonzalez means San Diego tight end Antonio Gates is now, by far, the best tight end in the AFC. First, the Philip Rivers-Cutler rivalry ends and now the Gonzalez-Gates rivalry is history.