Tony Gonzalez: I’m not jumping ship

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Ever since word of wide receiver Julio Jones’ season-ending foot injury came to light, there have been suggestions that the Falcons look to trade tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said he had no interest in a deal and Falcons coach Mike Smith called it “preposterous” to bring up the topic, but chatter has persisted enough that Gonzalez was asked about it again on Thursday. Once again, Gonzalez made it clear that he has no desire to leave Atlanta.

“I’m still happy as I can be to be a Falcon,” Gonzalez said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I know there were trade rumors out there. I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up, and this is the team that … 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. It makes it a lot more fun. But there is no way I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team, I love playing for this city.”

Gonzalez went on to say that if there was a trade, it wouldn’t come from him asking for it. While Smith’s comments don’t rule out that possibility entirely, it would be a surprise to see the Falcons wave the white flag that would come with such a trade since they’ve shown no other signs of being willing to write off the rest of this season.