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Gonzo trade to Falcons could make Pettigrew slip

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2009 – 6:59 pm

If you’re assuming that Pettigrew would make it past the Eagles at 21 (if Philly takes Moreno) don’t go crazy thinking that the Oklahoma State TE will make it down to the Bills at 28 just because the Falcons got their tight end in Tony Gonzalez via trade.

I think there’s a distinct possibility that Baltimore will scoop Pettigrew up at 26. They want another weapon for Flacco that can help in the intermediate passing game, with Derrick Mason on his last legs, and Pettigrew can do that as well as help in the run game with his blocking.

I know they signed L.J. Smith and still have Todd Heap, but both are never healthy and neither really block well. I know they’ve got to infuse some youth into their defense, but GM Ozzie Newsome (a former TE) likely sees a 10-year player at the position in Pettigrew. Hope I’m wrong.

If he slides past the Ravens too, the Bills should be home free. 

Tony Gonzalez finally got his wish and he gets to go to a playoff team to boot. Atlanta may have overpaid giving up a 2nd-round pick in 2010 for the veteran TE, but there’s no question they upgraded big time. That’s a premier offense now with Turner in the backfield and White on the outside.

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