Atlanta Falcons veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez isn't seeking a way out of a losing season, his final one in the NFL.

Gonzalez told Atlanta reporters he hasn't sought a trade and won't attempt to "jump ship."

"I'm still happy as I can be to be a Falcon," Gonzalez said. "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 is needed more than ever with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White coming off a hamstring injury.

Gonzalez ranks second on the Falcons with 33 receptions for 339 yards and a team-high three touchdowns.

The trade deadline is Oct. 29, and the Falcons are 1-4.

"I would never go and ask for a trade," Gonzalez said. "And if that's something that they wanted to do to help their franchise, that's up to them. But it wouldn't be coming from me.

"Like I said, I came back to play with these guys. I have great relationships with these guys. These guys are friends that I'll call for the rest of my life. I'm not going to jump ship. I'm not saying, 'Things are bad around here, so I'm out of here.'"

Well-said.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.