Today the Kansas City Chiefs traded tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Atlanta Falcons for the Falcon’s 2010 second round pick. Gonzalez is arguably the best tight end to ever play the game, with an impressive 10 Pro Bowl appearances, all of which came in the last ten years, along with 9 All-Pro selections, 6 on the first-team and 3 on the second-team.
So far in his 12 year NFL career (all with the Chiefs) Gonzalez has caught 916 passes for 10,940 yards and 76 TDs. He’ll be looking to build on those numbers with the Falcons this year. He also holds multiple NFL records including most receptions in a single season by a tight end (102 in 2004 season), most receptions by a tight end in a career, most receiving yards by a tight end in a career, most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a career, and most seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards in a career by a tight end, which he has done four times.
He also hold multiple franchise records with the Chiefs. They are most receptions, most receiving yards, most receiving touchdowns, most yards from scrimmage and most consecutive games with a reception.
As you can imagine this will impact the 2009 draft as well as the 2010 draft. If you would have asked me earlier today what I thought the Falcons top five needs were for this draft, tight end would have definitely made the list. And I believe that the only other tight ends that the Chiefs have on their active roster are Brad Cottam, a Tennessee Alum, who was a rookie last year and Jed Collins, who hasn’t played a single down in the NFL yet. So it’s safe to say that the Chiefs might be looking to take a tight end at some point in the draft now.