Tony Gonzalez says he wouldn’t think of ‘jumping ship’

The Falcons’ 2013 campaign is circling the toilet and trade rumors have predictably popped up regarding tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The future Hall of Famer, though, will have none of it.

Speaking with the media Thursday, Gonzalez shot down any aforementioned speculation, claiming he’s happy in Atlanta and would never think of “jumping ship.”

“I don’t know about you, but my mentality, the way I work sometimes, I’m always curious (about the future) and sometimes I think too much. I try to work towards shutting my brain off sometimes, so yeah, of course you have to look at (regrets on returning) like, ‘What if this, what if that.’ But at the same time, you look at it and say this is what I signed up for. I don’t have any regrets. I am still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon,” Gonzalez said, via the Falcons’ website. “I know there was trade rumors out there. I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up and this is the team. I came back to play with these guys on the team and I’m enjoying myself win, lose or draw.

“Obviously, I’d rather win. That makes it a lot more fun, but there is no way I would even think about jumping ship. I love playing for this team. I love playing for this city. Like I said, we still got a chance, too. If I start thinking like that, I think we wouldn’t have a chance and I’m not there yet. Not even close.”

With the Oct. 29 trade deadline approaching, rampant rumors have linked Gonzalez to Kansas City, where he spent much of his incredible 17-year career. The undefeated Chiefs are the league’s hottest team thus far, and one of their lone weaknesses is lack of a solid tight end.

Gonzo obviously fits that bill, and a return to K.C. to finish his playing days would be a fairytale come true.

But, taking Gonzalez’s word at face value, that’s unlikely to materialize. The most probable outcome is him remaining with the Falcons and retiring after the season, joining the likes of Dan Marino and LaDainian Tomlinson as all-time — yet ring-less — greats.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).