Veteran TE Tony Gonzalez hasn’t ruled out a return to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In a sideline interview during the Pro Bowl, Gonzalez talked about rumors that he wanted to be traded, saying he would “have no problems staying with the Chiefs.”
- “I spoke to (new Chiefs general manager Scott) Pioli last week because there were some trade rumors out there saying I wanted to have a trade, and that wasn’t the case. … I said, ‘This is the reason I would want a trade.’ It was taken out of context.
Gonzalez, who led the AFC with six catches for 98 yards and one touchdown in its 30-21 loss to the NFC in Honolulu, said he has had encouraging talks with Pioli.
But even though Gonzalez believes the Chiefs are headed in the right direction, he told Pioli that he knows his career is winding down. The Kansas City Star had more comments from Gonzalez:
- “There is no doubt in my mind that Scott Pioli is going to come in there and do an amazing job and so is Todd Haley, the new head coach. But I’m going into year 13. I want to play maybe two more years, and that’s maybe. … I’ve been in three playoff games and won none. Just looking at the Super Bowl this year, it would be so great to get that opportunity to play for that.
- “I’m not saying the Chiefs can’t do that. They will eventually turn that corner; it’s how soon can they do that. Once free-agency comes, and they’re wheeling and dealing, and they’re making trades, and it looks good, then I have no problem staying with the Chiefs.”
Gonzalez had 96 catches for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, all team highs. In Honolulu, he set new career Pro Bowl records in catches (39) and receiving yards (590), breaking WR Jerry Rice‘s records.