That's the word from our friends over at Arrowhead Pride, who picked up a report that the Kansas City Chiefs rejected the Falcons' second round pick for Tony Gonzalez.
Your first reaction might be something to the effect of "Scott Pioli is completely insane," but if this particular rumor is true, I think it says more about the way Pioli is attempting to mold his new team's identity. Teams that have no choice of contending trade away legendary veterans. Whether or not you believe the Chiefs are in a position to compete for the division title, you have to admire a team for not being willing to throw in the towel before the season even starts. It certainly worked out pretty well for us last year.
If the team can't get Gonzalez for a second, though, I think it's time to break off discussions. Y'all know I would rather we spent the second round pick on a young defensive player anyways, and if it's going to take more than that to get Gonzalez, I don't think it's a smart move for the future. With the strength of our schedule this year, I'm not going to be the guy who takes a winning season for granted, and it seems in our best interest to shore up the defense. You know, like now.
In my mind, building through the draft is almost always preferable to trading picks or throwing gobs of money at free agents. The best approach combines pieces of each, but when a team has as many holes as the Falcons, you're better off trying to plug them with six fingers than two. Or whatever analogy makes more sense than the one I'm trying to come up with at 2 a.m.
Leave your (civil) thoughts in the comments. At least we've got something breaking to talk about, right?