Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has not asked for a trade and he won't try to "jump ship" before finishing out his final NFL season.

Gonzalez addressed the media- and fan-driven trade speculation during open locker room Thursday.

"I'm still happy as I can be to be a Falcon" Gonzalez said. "I know there were trade rumors out there. I didn't ask for a trade. That wasn't me. I signed up and this is the team that ... I came back to play with these guys on the team. And I'm enjoying myself win lose or draw.

"Obviously I'd rather win. It makes it a lot more fun. But there is no way I would think about jumping ship because I love playing for this team I love playing for this city."

Falcons coach Mike Smith previously told the idea of trading Gonzalez was "preposterous."

Gonzalez will be Matt Ryan's top target with Julio Jones out for the season following foot surgery and Roddy White recovering from a hamstring injury. Gonzalez is the team's second-leading receiver with 33 catches for 339 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns.

Gonzalez was pressed on whether he might be enticed to want to join a contender before the Oct. 29 trade deadline if the Falcons (1-4) continue to lose. The initial trade speculation was linked to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs Gonzalez's former team.

"I would never go and ask [the Falcons] for a trade" Gonzalez said. "And if that's something that they wanted to do to help their franchise that's up to them. But it wouldn't be coming from me.