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Gonzalez's inquiry is understandable

10/11/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The fact that ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting Tony Gonzalez has discussed with the Kansas City Chiefs the possibility of being traded is no surprise.

There have been hints of in the past couple of weeks. It is also no surprise that Smith is reporting that Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson is reluctant to trade him.

Peterson drafted Gonzalez in 1997. Gonzalez is a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer. Teams (and GMs) get pretty attached to superstar players they draft. Plus, Gonzalez has been such a great part of the organization in every sense. It will be difficult for Peterson to say goodbye.

But the more I think about it, I think it's the right thing to do. Gonzalez' interest in moving on is totally understandable. He is 32 and the Chiefs are so far away from being a contender that he is probably wondering if he will ever get the chance to win a Super Bowl. Gonzalez deserves whatever he wants at this point.

Plus, the Chiefs really don't need Gonzalez at this point. As silly as it sounds, they just don't need him. It's not like he is going to push them over the top. Kansas City has too much to worry about at quarterback that they are essentially wasting Gonzalez. That shouldn't happen. If Kansas City could get a Jeremy Shockey-like package and get a second-round pick and a fifth rounder for Gonzalez, they should do it.

Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said this summer that the Chiefs, who have had two straight good drafts, need to have another solid draft. Compiling picks will be the smart thing to do.
However, all of this is probably moot because the Chiefs likely won't deal Gonzalez prior to Tuesday's NFL trading deadline. But the whole idea is understandable.