The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have acquired Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a second round pick in 2010.
Gonzalez, a 12-year veteran has made 10 straight Pro Bowls with Chiefs averaging 76 catches and more than 6 touchdowns since entering the league as a first round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
The Falcons attempted to acquire Gonzalez last year before the trade deadline, but the deal fell through because Gonzalez didn’t want to play for the team. Reports surfaced recently that the Falcons were still interested in Gonzalez, and clearly Gonzalez has decided to change his mind. Likely in part because of the team’s turnaround last season as they went on to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance.
Gonzalez, 33, despite his age has still managed to continue producing at a high level. He caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, tops among tight ends.
The Falcons have attempted to upgrade their tight end position this off-season, by working out several top prospects at the position as well as showing interest in free agent L.J. Smith. They have done just that with arguably the best possible candidate.