Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

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Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby Pudge » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:53 am

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Gonzalez hoped to be traded, later hinted at a return to Atlanta in 2014

Posted by Mike Florio on February 6, 2014, 7:44 PM EST

Last year, tight end Tony Gonzalez was 95 percent sure he’d retire. He didn’t.

This year, Gonzalez moved the number to 100 percent. But he mused during the season about a possible return to the Falcons in 2014 — after hoping that he’d be traded to a contender.

In a lengthy look at Gonzalez’s final (we think) season in Atlanta, Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine writes that Gonzalez at one point told quarterback Matt Ryan that Gonzalez could swoop back in next season, if things are going well.

“Maybe, if the team is hot in November, 9-2 or something, I could come back for the last two months,” Gonzalez said.

Wickersham explains that Gonzalez decided he was definitely done a few days later, after Packers safety Morgan Burnett yelled, “F–k you! You ain’t sh-t!” to Gonzalez and none of his teammates came to Gonzalez’s defense.

While that exchange apparently cemented Gonzalez’s desire to move on, he almost moved on from the Falcons in October, at the trade deadline. Gonzalez knew he couldn’t ask for a trade, like he’d done in Kansas City. But he would have accepted one. And eventually he wanted one. Per Wickersham, Gonzalez was hopeful for a deadline deal, with the Seahawks (ouch) and the Chiefs believed to be interested.

As Gonzalez texted friends to find out if any rumors could be coming to fruition, the Falcons were steadfast in their desire to not make a deal.

“Welp,” Gonzalez said to his wife, Tobie, after 4:00 p.m. came and went on October 29 without a trade. “We’re staying here.”

“Well, sh-t,” Tobie said.

Gonzalez may be uttering that word and others when he reads the entire article, because it peels back an image that had been carefully manicured throughout his length career.

“He bitches to teammates about losing,” Wickersham writes. “He pouts about the constant double-teams. He muses about telling everyone to kiss his ass goodbye.” Gonzalez is quoted as saying he “acted like a pissed-off kid” after not being traded.

“I’m going to show them,” Gonzalez said. “I’m just going to leave. They’re never going to see me again. I’m not going to care about them.”

Gonzalez didn’t leave, but he’s now gone. If he were decide to return, the Falcons still hold his rights. If he were to decide to come back in November (after the trading deadline) and if the Falcons were to release his rights then, Gonzalez would be required to pass through waivers — which would allow a non-contender to block his path to a contending team.

While it’s highly unlikely that Gonzalez will return, especially to a team other than the Falcons, the first element in any comeback is a belief that a comeback is possible.

“The hardest thing next year will be watching games knowing that I could play at a Pro Bowl level,” Gonzalez said.

He can say he’s done every day between now and December. If on only one of those days he decides he isn’t, the man who showed that a five-percent proposition is possible could show that a zero-percent chance can hit, too.
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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:29 am

Hmmm, always thought he was a good dude....sounds like he didn't like playing here after all.

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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby Emmitt » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:54 am

AngryJohnny51 wrote:Hmmm, always thought he was a good dude....sounds like he didn't like playing here after all.


Why don’t you try to visualize being in his shoes? You are a Hall Of Famer playing for 16 years, going into your seventeenth season. You wanted to retire, yet the organization begged you to come back. I don’t blame Gonzalez for venting his frustrations. They promised you that Atlanta was ready for a Super Bowl run. After all that went down and then not get traded in a no-win situation, why can’t Gonzalez speak his mind? We all adored him for five plus years and remained a class-act throughout the season. So he got pissed at times, you would too when you know you were retiring and are in a no-win situation seeing a team you play on imploding. I’m not going to hate on the guy for a few comments, when he did so much for the franchise. If you hate on him, then wow talk about being sensitive.

Gonzalez loved playing in Atlanta, that’s why he came here and came back in 2013. Saying he didn’t like Atlanta after all is silly.
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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:23 am

Emmitt wrote:
AngryJohnny51 wrote:Hmmm, always thought he was a good dude....sounds like he didn't like playing here after all.


Why don’t you try to visualize being in his shoes? You are a Hall Of Famer playing for 16 years, going into your seventeenth season. You wanted to retire, yet the organization begged you to come back. I don’t blame Gonzalez for venting his frustrations. They promised you that Atlanta was ready for a Super Bowl run. After all that went down and then not get traded in a no-win situation, why can’t Gonzalez speak his mind? We all adored him for five plus years and remained a class-act throughout the season. So he got pissed at times, you would too when you know you were retiring and are in a no-win situation seeing a team you play on imploding. I’m not going to hate on the guy for a few comments, when he did so much for the franchise. If you hate on him, then wow talk about being sensitive.

Gonzalez loved playing in Atlanta, that’s why he came here and came back in 2013. Saying he didn’t like Atlanta after all is silly.


Not hating on him, he was chasing a ring here in Atlanta. Now more, no less. It just kinda sounds like he has no emotional ties to the team/city.

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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby DaveWaz » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:47 pm

I'd be pissed if I were him too, Atlanta trading him made all the sense in the world but our front office is f'n stupid. We could have saved money, and picked up a draft pic, instead we pissed off a living legend and got nothing in return.
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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:41 am

AngryJohnny51 wrote:Not hating on him, he was chasing a ring here in Atlanta. Now more, no less. It just kinda sounds like he has no emotional ties to the team/city.

Well when you consider he played 5 years in Atlanta vs 12 in Kansas City, I'm not sure he would.
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Re: Gonzalez hoped to be traded, hinted at a return in 2014

Postby Cyril » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:47 am

Gonzales could have gone to any franchise he wanted.....He did win a playoff game, I don't think
he has any complaints!!

It doesn't matter to me if he liked playing here or not, I don't think we begged him to come back, You can't just choose a team that will take you to a Super Bowl its just to many factors involved. He had a good shot in 2012 and that's all he can hope for!!
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