By acquiring Gonzalez, a 10-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, the Falcons have significantly upgraded their weakest position on offense and have given Matt Ryan one of the best red zone targets to ever play the game.
During his 12-year career, Gonzalez has missed just two games while averaging 76 receptions, 912 yards and 6 touchdowns. Despite a revolving door at the Chiefs quarterback position the last two seasons, Gonzalez's production has actually increased, totaling 195 receptions, 2,230 yards and 15 touchdowns during that span.
With unmatched durability and production, it's no surprise that Gonzalez in the NFL's all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (916), yards (10,940) and touchdowns (76).
Originally drafted by the Chiefs in the 1st round (13th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Gonzalez had spent his entire career with the Kansas City organization.
“On behalf of my family and the Chiefs, I want to thank Tony for his time in Kansas City,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement released on Thursday. “Over the last 12 seasons, Tony has been one of the finest players in Chiefs history, and he will always be remembered as a member of the Chiefs. His play on the field speaks for itself – he holds almost every major NFL record for tight ends, and he is arguably the best to ever play his position. We wish him the best in Atlanta.”
Gonzalez is signed through the 2011 season, with base salaries of $4M (2009), $4.5M (2010) and $5.75M (2011), as well as $2M roster bonuses in both 2010 and 2011.