There's logic to it, especially when you remember Gonzalez says the only reason he came back for a 16th season was to claim a Lombardi Trophy. With Atlanta sitting at 1-4 and without Julio Jones the rest of the way, this is unlikely to be the year the Falcons #riseup.
Still, don't expect the tight end to be moved before the Oct. 29 trade deadline. The reason is simple: Gonzalez doesn't want to leave.
"I don't have any regrets. I am still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon," Gonzalez said, via the Falcons' official website. "I know there was trade rumors out there. I didn't ask for a trade. That wasn't me. I signed up and this is the team. I came back to play with these guys on the team and I'm enjoying myself win, lose or draw.
"Obviously, I'd rather win," Gonzalez continued. "That makes it a lot more fun, but there is no way I would even think about jumping ship. I love playing for this team. I love playing for this city. Like I said, we still got a chance, too. If I start thinking like that, I think we wouldn't have a chance and I'm not there yet. Not even close."
Gonzalez comes across as a genuine guy to us, so we take him at his word here. He'll likely retire without a ring, but with every tight end receiving record and enough earnings to fill a Scrooge McDuck bank vault.
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