Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Recent history shows that new Kansas City coach Todd Haley, formerly the offensive coordinator in Arizona, doesn't throw the ball much to the tight end. Perhaps that's why the Chiefs felt compelled to trade Gonzalez to Atlanta for a second-round pick next year.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Cardinals' tight ends accounted for just 25 catches for 237 receiving yards in 2008 -- both totals were second lowest in the league. Ironically, Atlanta had the league's lowest totals in both categories.
In the past two years under Haley, Arizona attempted 84 passes, completed 62 passes and accounted for 594 yards to the tight end. All three were the lowest in the NFL over the two-season span.
Cottam, a second-year player, is known as a much better blocker than a receiver. That seems to fit in with what Haley wants from tight ends.