Gonzalez glad to still be with struggling Falcons

10:39 PM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The NFL trade deadline has passed.

Tony Gonzalez knows where he'll be finishing his long career.

The tight end will spend at least nine more weeks with the Falcons before fading into retirement. Even though Atlanta (2-5) is one of the league's most disappointing teams, Gonzalez isn't giving up on the idea of making an improbable trip to the playoffs. But he knows there's no more room for error, making every game essentially a must-win beginning with Sunday's contest at Carolina (4-3).

As for how close he came to being traded before Tuesday's deadline, Gonzalez says he's not dwelling on something that didn't happen. He keeps saying he never asked to be moved but wouldn't have stood in the way if the deal helped improve the Falcons down the road.

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