Falcons obtain Tony Gonzales from Chiefs


The Atlanta Falcons acquired tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in exchange for their second-round pick in 2010.

“Tony brings a new dynamic to the Falcons offense and we are very pleased that we were able to make the trade with Kansas City,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on the team’s website.

“His career numbers and records are top notch and he will no doubt be an integral part of our offense.”

Gonzalez, a first-round pick and the 13th overall selection in the 1997 draft, had spent his entire 12-year career in a Chiefs uniform. He leaves Kansas City as the NFL‘s all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (916), touchdowns (76) and receiving yards (10,940).

A 10-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, the 33-year-old tight end caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Gonzales will give 2008 rookie of the year Matt Ryan a viable option in the passing game next season.