Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says he was relieved to not be traded.
And he reiterated that he never asked to be traded from the 2-5 Falcons.
“Like I said before all this even happened, I never asked for a trade,” Gonzalez told Dallas reporters. “Contrary to what's been written and what people have said, I never asked for a trade. All I said was that I would be willing to listen if they had something, if they got an offer whatever they wanted to do.
“I'm here. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. I'm glad it's over. Now we can just focus, because if you look at our record right now, things don't look good. But at the same time, we still have got a chance as far as I'm concerned. I've got nine games left, and we're mathematically not out of it.”
Gonzalez heard all of the speculation surrounding him potentially rejoining his old team: the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Gonzalez is retiring after the season, and has caught 38 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns.
“In this day and age, people are going to talk,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of talking heads out there. A lot of people are going to have their take on things, rumors and all this stuff. And I'm part of it too. I hear stuff, and I don't know if it's true or not.
“Like I've tried to do throughout this whole process is just try and focus on what I'm doing and trying to help this team win. Hopefully we can make a serious run here because that's what it's going to take.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.