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The two names I've heard bandied about prior to Tuesday's NFL trade deadline are the Chiefs' hall-of-fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and Detroit's Roy Williams. The veracity of the rumors is questionable. Apparently, Gonzalez went to KC's management and asked for a trade to a contender. It looks like his contender of choice would be the Giants.

On the Roy Williams front, he says he's happy in Detroit, why is anyone's guess. Here's his quote:

"Let me clarify this for everybody," he said. "If I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't go in. I've got the money to sit down on the sideline, OK? So if I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't play."

It wouldn't surprise me to see either guy moved. Millen is finally gone from Detroit, and you have to think they'd be eager to stockpile picks to get out of the hole he's dug for the franchise. If there's even a sliver of a chance that he's available, you have to get him. Yes, he has injury problems, but when he's on the field, he's a legit number one receiver, and a huge target in the red zone. Put him on one side of the field and DeSean on the other and you've got yourself a better one two punch at WR than the Birds have had...well, since I've been watching them.

What would it take to get him? Probably something significant. Maybe a second round pick. I'd say you still have to do it. The Eagles have two first-rounders next year, and the odds of turning a second round pick into a player of Williams' caliber aren't very high.

Now, back to Gonzalez. According to ESPN, the Chiefs' asking price would probably be similar to what the Giants got for Jeremey Shockey (a 2nd round pick and a 5th round pick). That seems steep to me for a 32 year-old tight end who's slipped a little bit. I don't think the Chiefs will get that from anyone, but they may get a third-rounder. If that's a high enough price to land him, the Eagles have to strike before the Giants do. Gonzalez is older, and probably isn't quite the superior athlete he once was, but he's still huge and he still has those basketball instincts and hands of glue. He's the red zone target McNabb has never had.

This Eagles team is no longer building toward something. Westbrook is in his prime, McNabb has a couple more years left of his prime, if that. The core of the defense is young, but their leader is nearing the end of the line. This team is built to win now. It's worth a third-rounder to shore up one of the team's biggest weaknesses. We've suffered through years and years of a front office who refused to swing for the fences, then got even more gun shy when they did take a shot (T.O.) and got burned. This team is 3-3, at the bottom of the toughest division in the league. As currently constructed absolutely everything would have to break perfectly for them to make the playoffs, let alone win the division. This is the time to make an upgrade, otherwise it's just more of the same. "We're happy with the guys we have...We've only lost three games all by less than one score...blah, blah, blah."

by Brian on Oct 13 2008
Tags: Roy Williams | Tony Gonzalez | Trade Rumors |