The 2009 NFL Draft begins in just under 48 hours and the Atlanta Falcons have already turned some heads today with the acquisition of TE Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history to be selected to 10 Pro Bowls.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008 and owns the NFL career records for tight ends in receptions, yards receiving, TDs receiving and 100-yard receiving games.
Considering the fact that the Falcons got the least amount of production out of their tight ends in the NFL last year in terms of catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, to say the Falcons have upgraded their TE position is an understatement. The best part of this deal?
The Falcons only had to give up a 2010 2nd round pick. By giving up the 2nd-rounder in 2010 and not 2009, the Falcons will be able to use their first two picks (#24 and #55 overall) on addressing their needs on defense (most notably DT, OLB and another DB).
With an offense led with Matt Ryan (who turns 24 in May) at QB, Michael Turner (27 yrs old) at RB, Roddy White (28 in November) at WR and now Tony Gonzalez at TE, the Falcons now have the makings of a Top 5-10 offense for the next 3-4 years. Exciting news coming from the Dirty Birds…and it’s not even Draft weekend yet.