Tony Gonzalez: ‘No way that I would think about jumping ship’

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said he hasn’t asked for a trade and doesn’t plan to “jump ship” amid his team’s 1-4 start.

“This is what I signed up for,” Gonzalez said Thursday. “I don’t have any regrets. I’m still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon.”

Gonzalez, widely considered the best tight end of his era and perhaps of all-time, returned to play a 17th season because he felt the Falcons had a shot at winning the Super Bowl. They were 13-3 last season and went to the NFC Championship game. With the Falcons off to a slow start, Gonzalez’ former team, the Kansas City Chiefs are 6-0. A Kansas City radio station suggested that the Falcons trade Gonzalez back to the Chiefs.

“I saw the trade rumors out there,” Gonzalez said. “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 this team. I’m enjoying myself, win, lose or draw. Obviously, I’d rather win. That makes it a lot more fun.”

With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White hobbled by ankle and hamstring injuries, Gonzalez is the team’s top receiving threat.

“There is no way that I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team, and I love playing for this city,” Gonzalez said.