RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a unique approach to replacing tight end Tony Gonzalez: They're not even going to try.
The main cog in Kansas City's offense for more than a decade, Gonzalez was traded to Atlanta during the offseason. The Chiefs plan to spread the ball around more without the 10-time Pro Bowler, giving the running backs, receivers and other tight ends a chance at passes that usually went to Gonzalez in the past.
Gonzalez's backup last season, Brad Cottam, will certainly get a few balls thrown his way, but nowhere near the quantity his 10-time Pro Bowl predecessor got. Cottam, like the rest of Kansas City's tight ends, can figure on doing a lot more blocking than Gonzalez did.