Gonzalez is the former first round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, but injuries derailed his promising career. He represents a fantastic mix of speed, concentration, and route running ability. Standing at 6-0, 195 lbs, Gonzalez is one of the bigger targets on the Patriots roster as they look to add more size at receiver.
Gonzalez missed the 2009 season with a knee injury, the 2010 season with an injury to the other knee, and was hampered during the 2011 season with a groin injury. While he's injury prone, he has extremely high boom potential.
If Gonzalez can remain healthy, the Patriots just picked up a great receiver. If he can't remain healthy, I'm sure his contract won't be of too much value and he can be easily cut. As of now, it's a low risk deal with fantastic upside. He has played with Peyton Manning and understands that playing with Tom Brady will have similar demands- and I'm sure he can handle it.
Gonzalez played a lot of slot in Indianapolis, runs a 4.4 40, and has a 6.54 3 cone, which means that he has the ability to play inside and outside. He could be insurance in case Wes Welker doesn't sign long term, but Gonzalez could add a more vertical game to the receiver position. During Gonzalez's peak season (2008), he averaged a 2:1 ratio of short passes to intermediate (<10 vs 10-20). Welker posted a 4:1 ratio this past season.