In one of the bigger trades conducted this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons traded a 2010 second round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.
With the trade, the Falcons’ 2010 Super Bowl odds dropped from 25/1 to 20/1 according to oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction.com.
After drafting quarterback Matt Ryan with the third overall pick in last year’s NFL draft and signing free agent Michael Turner last offseason, the Falcons wanted to give their young QB a weapon in the middle of the field. While Gonzalez might not be what he used to, he certainly didn’t show any signs of slowing down after hauling in 96 catches last year and 10 touchdowns.
This trade allows Atlanta to focus on defense in the upcoming draft. Many draft pundits believed that the Falcons would take tight end Brandon Pettigrew with the 24th overall pick, but with Gonzo on board, they can concentrate on filling their needs at defensive tackle, safety or outside linebacker.
At 20/1 odds, the Falcons are a great value bet for the 2010 Super Bowl. They’re coming off a postseason appearance last year and now the acquisition of Gonzalez makes their potent offense that much better. If they can land a couple of defensive starters in the draft, they’ll certainly be a team to keep an eye on next season.
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Posted: 4/23/09 11:46PM ET