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Thursday, October 16, 2008
What did the Eagles and Giants offer for Gonzalez?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

It's been fascinating to watch this Tony Gonzalez situation play out over the last few days. In an interview with FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer on Wednesday, Gonzalez called out Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, saying he was misled regarding a potential trade to a playoff contender such as the Giants or Eagles.

"Last night I talked to Carl and I point-blank asked him what it would take to get it done," Gonzalez told Glazer. "I wanted to know if it could happen with a fourth. He started talking about a second and a fifth like the Shockey deal. Nobody is going to trade a second for a 32-year-old tight end. All along Carl said he would do something that works for both parties. Then he talked about how he traded a third for Willie Roaf, and he made it pretty clear to me that's what was going to get it done. That was certainly fair."

As you all know, the deadline passed without Gonzalez finding a new team. And in his report, Glazer says that two teams offered third-round picks as the deadline approached. I'll try to find out if either NFC East team I mentioned offered a third. If one of them did, it's amazing that Peterson didn't pull the trigger. The Chiefs are awful, and trading Gonzalez would've been a good gesture for a guy who's given everything he has to the organization. And if he really had a chance at a third-rounder, Peterson made a serious mistake. He's trying to rebuild a team through the draft, but he decided to keep an aging veteran over a third-round pick. Does that make sense to you?

I think Gonzalez could've given the Eagles the red zone threat they desperately need, although L.J. Smith actually found the end zone Sunday. In New York, Gonzalez would've brought some firepower to a position that's been somewhat lacking this season. But the one thing we know about Kevin Boss is that he can block. It's amazing how well the team runs to his side.

OK, much more to come. I also have a podcast to bang out with Jeremy Green. I'm guessing he might ask about the current situation in Dallas.