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Gonzalez to Falcons and other draft rumblings

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The Falcons saw Kellen Winslow go to the Bucs and just raised them Tony Gonzalez.

The Chiefs traded Gonzalez to the Falcons for a second-round pick in 2010. Remember how much trouble the Bucs secondary had trying to cover Gonzalez last season at Kansas City? Well, now they get to contend with him twice a year.

At 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, Gonzalez is a bad matchup for any defense. He's too physical for safeties and too quick for most linebackers. He leads all NFL tight ends with 916 receptions for 10,940 yards with 76 touchdowns.

Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Turner and now Gonzalez -- a pretty good attack for the Falcons.

Now Atlanta is free to focus their draft on defense. 

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Lots of quarterback buzz today and most of it focuses on quarterback Mark Sanchez, who could go as high as No. 4 to Seattle.

The Jets, Browns, Redskins and Broncos are all believed to be interested in moving up for Sanchez. That means the Redskins would make Jason Campbell available for a trade if they are successful trading up for Sanchez. The Browns are also shopping quarterback Brady Quinn.

Bucs pro personnel coordinator Doug Williams is a big fan of Campbell, who has just one year left on his contract,

A couple receivers could also be on the move. The Browns can ship receiver Braylon Edwards to the Giants if they will take a second and fifth-round pick. Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin also is on the block, but any deal would likely come on draft day.

It doesn't seem as though the Bucs are interested in pursuing either player.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:31pm]

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