That day could come sooner than they thought, as Gonzalez has asked the Chiefs to explore trade possibilities, and they have fielded calls about his availability.
Gonzalez, a nine-time Pro Bowl player who has been with the Chiefs since he was drafted in 1997, would like a chance to contend for a championship before his Hall of Fame-caliber career comes to a close. The NFL trade deadline, which rarely has much action, is tomorrow.
The Chiefs appeared pessimistic they could reach a deal for Gonzalez by then. The New York Giants have been the most interested in making a trade, but the sides were far apart on the compensation.
The Chiefs were asking for a third-round pick, and the Giants offered a sixth-rounder. The Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills are other teams that might have an interest in Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is 32 years old, and the sense of urgency to play for a contender has never been greater. If he stays with the rebuilding Chiefs, who will be a young team for several years, he may lose his chance.
"I'm winding down in my career and I'm thinking this is not what I signed on for last year when I redid my deal," Gonzalez said in August, before the season started.
Saints: : Running back Reggie Bush tied an NFL record with his 200th career catch in only his 34th game, against the Raiders. The only other NFL player to catch 200 passes in his first 34 games is Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Bush's mark stands alone among running backs. Bush tied Boldin's record with a 21-yard reception in the first quarter.
Bengals: : Quarterback Carson Palmer will have his ailing elbow examined by a New York Mets team doctor. Palmer said after the Bengals' loss to the Jets that he would remain in New York to be examined by Dr. David Altchek. Palmer was designated as the third quarterback for the game behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Palmer's brother Jordan, the second game this season he has missed with the elbow injury.
Jaguars:: Running back Fred Taylor left the game after a blow to the head in the first quarter against the Broncos. Taylor had one carry for no yards. He also caught a 10-yard pass but turned the ball over after he was hit by Broncos linebacker Nate Webster.
Browns: : Tight end Kellen Winslow has been released from a hospital after a four-day stay for tests and evaluation related to an undisclosed illness. The Browns downgraded the Pro Bowl player from questionable to doubtful for tonight's game against the Giants, meaning there's about a 25 percent chance he'll play. If Winslow is out, Steve Heiden most likely would start and backup Darnell Dinkins would get more playing time.
Buccaneers: : Jeff Garcia started at quarterback for Tampa Bay against Carolina, replacing Brian Griese, who sat out with a sore elbow and shoulder that prevented him from throwing in practice.