Tony Gonzalez Traded to Atlanta for a Second Round Pick


Published: April 23, 2009


... business this coming season, scoring a huge coup by reportedly acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2010 second round draft pick.

Gonzalez, one of the league’s elite receiving options over the past decade, had been asking for a trade for some time and finally got his wish today when he was dealt to the Falcons, automatically making Atlanta a legitimate threat to make a huge playoff run.

The Falcons finished second in the NFC South last season, making the playoffs before losing to the eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.

Rookie QB Matt Ryan exceeded all expectations placed upon him, leading a team that was ranked sixth overall last season in passing yards (361.2 per game). Ryan threw for 3,440 yards and threw 16 TDs.

The focus of the offense however, centered on running back Michael Turner, who as electric after being acquired from San Diego before the outset of last season. Turner rushed for 1,699 yards and 17 TD...

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