I thought about this and it made me think: what kind of message does this send to the young guys?
If you were in a relationship with someone and they wanted out, would you look at them the same way?
The damage is done. The rookies and 2nd year players are going to look at Tony and LJ and determine that if they aren't happy either: 1) Get more money 2) ask to be traded or 3) all of the above.
I don't think anyone is really looking at the team (as a whole) and how these things effect them in this "rebuilding" or more to the point "demolishing". We fans have been screwed and we'll need to rebuild again after all these fiasco's.
So Tony one question "Is this how you expected your second father to treat you?"
The Pro Bowl tight end asked that he be dealt ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline and said he was assured by Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson that his request would be honored.
The Chiefs, however, apparently were not willing to deal the future Hall of Famer for anything less than a second-round draft pick. There were no takers, and Gonzalez is still a Chief.
“I’m shocked,” said Gonzalez, in an interview late Tuesday with FOXSports.com. “It didn’t make sense not to do this deal. It’s winding down for me and this team is rebuilding. If they said from the get-go, ‘No, we’re not going to trade you,’ that would’ve been better than how this whole thing unfolded. But that’s not what happened.”
Gonzalez, 32, said Peterson gave him every indication that a deal was in the works.
“Last night I talked to Carl and I point-blank asked him what it would take to get it done,” Gonzalez said. “I wanted to know if it could happen with a (fourth-round pick). He started talking about a second and a fifth like the (Jeremy) Shockey deal.
“Nobody is going to trade a second for a 32-year-old tight end. All along Carl said he would do something that works for both parties. Then he talked about how he traded a third for Willie Roaf, and he made it pretty clear to me that’s what was going to get it done. That was certainly fair.”
According to Gonzalez, the Chiefs were not willing to budge off their request for a second-round pick.
“I know teams offered a third and in the end, Carl made the asking price a second,” he said. “I’m very disappointed that he didn’t go through with it after he told me he was going to try to make it happen.
“I’ve been around this league a long time, it’s a business. There’s nothing I can do about it. I was (ticked) off about it, but I’ll get over it. I won’t let it affect my play and my preparation.”
Gonzalez is now in the awkward position of having to rejoin a team he asked off of.
“I’m going to go in (Wednesday) and get up in front of the team, no coaches, just my teammates and let them know exactly where I was coming from,” said Gonzalez, the league’s all-time receiving leader for tight ends. “Like I said, they keep talking about the future here and trading me would’ve helped build for the future. … My road is coming to an end, and I didn’t want it to end on a team that is rebuilding.”
Following a 4-12 campaign a year ago, the Chiefs are off to a 1-4 start this season.