Scratch the Atlanta Falcons from the list of possible destinations for Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The Falcons filled their void at that position Thursday with a trade for Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.
The Kansas City Chiefs traded Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history selected for 10 Pro Bowls, for a second-round pick in 2010.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay
had projected Pettigrew going to Atlanta with the 24th pick in the first round. The Falcons still own that pick but no longer have a need for a tight end.
Teams drafting late in the first round with a need for a tight end include Philadelphia (No. 21), Baltimore (No. 26) and Buffalo (No. 28).
In Gonzalez, the Falcons are getting a tight end who caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 TDs in 2008. He owns NFL career records for tight ends with 916 receptions, 10,940 yards receiving, 76 TDs receiving and 26 100-yard receiving games.
DELHOMME GETS $42.5M EXTENSION
The Carolina Panthers gave quarterback Jake Delhomme
a five-year, $42.5 million extension that keeps the 34-year-old under contract through the 2014 season.