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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.10
for a 2nd rd. pick in next year's draft.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11667548

A great pick up for Atlanta.






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As a Panthers fan, this bothers me greatly.



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Good move by the Falcons. A lot of mocks had them taking Pettigrew, the TE from OK St ... this allows this to add another solid defensive player with their first rounder.
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Great move and for a cheap price, too. I thought the Giants were considering him for a 1st round pick last year, but didn't want to add another pick to the deal. So for the Falcons to get him for just a 2nd rounder is really good, especially since I think had the Chiefs waited til saturday for the draft, they might had been able to drive the price up a bit more.

With Gonzalez, you got a young yet mature and well tooled QB (Ryan), a star RB (Turner) , and 2 really solid WRs (White & Jenkins) now with one of all-time greats at TE. With a good pick in the draft for their defense, the falcons will be IMO one of the best teams in the NFC in '09.













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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.44
    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
    With Gonzalez, you got a young yet mature and well tooled QB (Ryan), a star RB (Turner) , and 2 really solid WRs (White & Jenkins) now with one of all-time greats at TE. With a good pick in the draft for their defense, the falcons will be IMO one of the best teams in the NFC in '09.



He is very good, but young? 33 isn't ancient (said the almost 53 yo) but he is on the downside. A one would have been stupid and by waiting they may have gooten a 2nd in 2009 but actually the price was about right all things considered. I hope he finally gets the ring he is looking for.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.68
    Originally posted by DrDirt
      Originally posted by supersalvadoran
      With Gonzalez, you got a young yet mature and well tooled QB (Ryan), a star RB (Turner) , and 2 really solid WRs (White & Jenkins) now with one of all-time greats at TE. With a good pick in the draft for their defense, the falcons will be IMO one of the best teams in the NFC in '09.



    He is very good, but young? 33 isn't ancient (said the almost 53 yo) but he is on the downside. A one would have been stupid and by waiting they may have gooten a 2nd in 2009 but actually the price was about right all things considered. I hope he finally gets the ring he is looking for.


I think he's saying Matt Ryan is "young", not Gonzalez.

This might affect the Broncos and Tony Scheffler, indirectly. There were some rumors about possibly moving Scheffler. Gonzalez for a second-round pick gauges some value on the TE market.



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Yay! I would have been happy with Pettigrew but clearly I'm much happier with Gonzales. And yes, now we can use that first rounder on defense, preferably a DB.

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
    Originally posted by dWs
      Originally posted by DrDirt
        Originally posted by supersalvadoran
        With Gonzalez, you got a young yet mature and well tooled QB (Ryan), a star RB (Turner) , and 2 really solid WRs (White & Jenkins) now with one of all-time greats at TE. With a good pick in the draft for their defense, the falcons will be IMO one of the best teams in the NFC in '09.



      He is very good, but young? 33 isn't ancient (said the almost 53 yo) but he is on the downside. A one would have been stupid and by waiting they may have gooten a 2nd in 2009 but actually the price was about right all things considered. I hope he finally gets the ring he is looking for.


    I think he's saying Matt Ryan is "young", not Gonzalez.




Yes, I was talking about Ryan. Thanks for the clairifacation.













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I think this could be a great deal....for the Chiefs. I have the Falcons pegged as a team that's going to regress heavily in 2009, so their second-rounder in the next draft could be around 38th or 39th overall.



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Gonzalez in short keeps the guys a step further down the field.

Turner only needs a half step to get by you.

Turner is going to have an even better year next year (is that possible?)




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    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
    Great move and for a cheap price, too. I thought the Giants were considering him for a 1st round pick last year, but didn't want to add another pick to the deal. So for the Falcons to get him for just a 2nd rounder is really good, especially since I think had the Chiefs waited til saturday for the draft, they might had been able to drive the price up a bit more.

    With Gonzalez, you got a young yet mature and well tooled QB (Ryan), a star RB (Turner) , and 2 really solid WRs (White & Jenkins) now with one of all-time greats at TE. With a good pick in the draft for their defense, the falcons will be IMO one of the best teams in the NFC in '09.


No, it was pretty much a done deal for a few teams for a 3rd rounder this year, but the Chiefs (former!) GM Carl Peterson tried to drive up the price to a 2nd rounder before the trade deadline. I think this deal got done sooner than draft day because the two GMs worked together with the Pats. It's one of the upgrades the Chiefs got with Pioli over Peterson. With Pioli, trades get done. With Peterson, things would be dragged out as he tried to get as much as possible out of the other team(the Trent Green and Patrick Surtain trades for example). Other GMs probably find it a lot easier to work with Pioli as opposed to Peterson. I think it is a good deal really for both teams. Better in the short term because they get the BEST tight-end ever, who is still playing at an extremely high level. Better in the long term for KC because they have another second round pick for next year, giving them flexibility to trade picks this year or next year and hopefully get a good player for years to come. I'm just torn between rooting for the Falcons to win it all for Tony G and rooting against them so the Chiefs will have a better pick(unless they use it in a trade during tomorrows draft).

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.64
    Originally posted by Guru Zim

    Turner only needs a half step to get by you.

    Turner is going to have an even better year next year (is that possible?)


Compare and contrast (The W).

I'd feel so much smarter bringing this up if I wasn't right there agreeing with you.

Never one to learn from my mistakes, I think the Falcons might take a slight backward step this year. Teams have a full year of footage of Ryan and Turner and they'll be keying to stop them this year. Course I was wrong last year, so whatever.

Gonzalez is a solid pick-up though. Should give them 2-3 good years and gives Ryan a nice safety valve in the red zone.
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Well, to be fair, I did draft him as my primary running back in last year's W Fantasy football league.

Did I know he would be that good? No chance. I had a suspicion he could do well.




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On a humorous note, one place I read not long ago figured that Winslow was probably happy with his trade to Tampa as he probably stood a better chance at getting votes for the Pro Bowl. If true, I could only imagine his reaction to this trade.

Good for Atlanta, I've had a soft spot for them since the Glanville days.




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