It was a little surprising to have Tony Gonzalez still stuck in Kansas City at the end of yesterday's riveting NFL trade deadline but the 32-year-old Pro Bowl tight end's quest for a Super Bowl will apparently have to wait another lifetime. Even though Gonzalez had politely requested a trade while the team struggles to "rebuild", Chiefs owner Carl Peterson wouldn't budge on his lofty trade demands for a second round pick. Gonzalez admitted to all NFL players favorite psychotherapist, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, that he was "pissed off" when he found out he will be stuck catching balls from Croyle/Huard/Thigpen for the rest of the year.
I'm shocked. It didn't make sense not to do this deal. It's winding down for me and this team is rebuilding. If they said from the get-go, 'No, we're not going to trade you,' that would've been better than how this whole thing unfolded. But that's not what happened.
Nope. Not at all. Gonzalez says he won't let his anger affect his play, he'll be a good soldier, he'll still save choking victims, etc. but this isn't the way he wanted to go out.
"But you know what? I can't cry about it. If anything, this has motivated me even more. I'm a Chief, will be happy to be a Chief and will bust my butt for the Chiefs. I was never not happy being a Chief. I just wanted the chance to spend my last couple of years winning a title, not rebuilding. But I'm here to help rebuild, I'll work with all our young guys and get after it like I always have."
To give this a more positive spin, let's congratulate Gonzalez on becoming the Chiefs newest assistant coach. Gonzalez angered and baffled by non-trade [Fox Sports] Photo: Blake Little