Just saw this on Sports Illustrated -
Gonzo looked like he was going to be a spectacular addition to the Colts when he was added. His first season (drafted first round in 2007 from Ohio State) he start to fit in well with the schemes and became a frequent Manning target. But then the injuries set in; and oddly, despite recovering, in later years, he didn't see a lot of action. Some say he was a "head case" or had done something to make the Polians mad.
Being a receiver for Brady will provide a more objective look at his abilities. With Welker on a franchise tag, the Patriots could use some additional receivers.
Here's the article:
I hate that this isn´t surprising. Small risk, big reward, oriented towards the offense... I´m really torn on this one. Well, that´s not true. I would have wanted Gonzo to do well on any team in the NFL, except for the Pats. So I can´t be thrilled about any of this, except for the fact I´m pretty sure in a few years, when people ask him what it was like to play with Brady after Peyton, it´ll be clear Peyton was in a different class.
If the Colts didn't offer him a contract, then that is very disappointing. I'm more than comfortable labeling him injury prone, but his on field production was pretty rare for a young WR.
This sucks. I'm on record as very vocally stating that Gonzo wasn't given a fair shake in Indy. I'm going to be very cranky if Gonzo goes on to be a stud, especially for the facking Patriots.
I feel like Polian was too quick to bury his first-rounders if they didn't immediately turn out to be stars, especially later on with Brown and Gonzo. It's as if he started listening too much to his own press about how brilliant he was at finding diamonds among the later rounds and undrafted guys.
@squirrel THIS. He kind of was a star in the beginning.. Ordinarily I wish the best for guys like Gonzo... but I can't in New England.