Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets hugs Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons after their 30-28 win at Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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.