Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
The National Football Post's Michael Lombardi is reporting the Falcons have serious interest in trading for Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez. Reportedly, the Falcons would consider trading a second-round pick (No. 55 overall).
Makes sense on one side because the Falcons got fewer receiving yards from their tight ends than any team in the league last season. It also wouldn't hurt to give Matt Ryan another toy.
On the flip side, there are a few reasons why a deal like this doesn't seem to fit Atlanta's current profile. Start with the fact that offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey isn't one of those guys who believes in throwing to the tight end 80 times a year, especially since he's got strong receivers in Roddy White and Michael Jenkins and a solid running game highlighted by Michael Turner. Mularkey always could change things, but where's he going to find enough passes for Gonzalez?
Also, parting with a second-round draft pick seems out of character for general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, who repeatedly have said they want to build through the draft. A second-round pick seems like a pretty steep price to pay for an aging tight end who may only be around for a year or two. Keep in mind what the Falcons got with their second-round pick last year -- they took Curtis Lofton, who instantly became their starting middle linebacker and probably will be around for years.
Stay tuned on this one.