Chargers Won’t Re-Sign TE Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates’ time with the Chargers appears to be over. The Bolts informed the tight end this offseason that they do not plan to bring him back to Los Angeles, Adam Schefter of tweets. However, Gates wants to continue playing, so it sounds like he’ll finish his career elsewhere.

Gates will turn 38 in June, but he believes that he still has something left in the tank. The Chargers do not necessarily agree. Last year, he saw less targets than youngster Hunter Henry and finished out with just 30 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Those were his lowest totals in each category since his 2003 season.

The NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends with 114, Gates served in a complementary role last season. He caught three TD passes to eclipse Tony Gonzalez in this category, but the 30 receptions and 316 yards marked significant production dips from his 2016 slate.

The eight-time Pro Bowl pass-catcher has only played for one team since coming into the league as a UDFA out of Kent State. But the Bolts look set to turn to Henry, who has emerged as their go-to tight end in his two seasons. Gates signed a two-year deal with the Chargers in 2016 and made $11MM. He’ll surely have to play on a one-year commitment if he lands elsewhere.

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10 comments on “Chargers Won’t Re-Sign TE Antonio Gates

  1. HailRodgers12

    Packers fans be like “SIGN THIS GUY!!!!”
    Then if they show any interest at all, same fans be like “but he’s not a LB or DE or CB, WTF are you thinking?????”

    • Connorsoxfan

      He’s like the one position they don’t need, but if they could move Dwayne Allen for a late round pick I could see it.

  2. ahale224

    I’ve always loved watching him play, I’m curious if he’s the mentoring type? Did he help Henry or Green before him? Wondering if he’d be a good fit for maybe the Falcons to help Austin Hooper over the hump?

  3. bradthebluefish

    Come to the Patriots! We could use a backup to Gronk and sometimes use Gates in a two TE play.

  4. Chris

    Just retire and come work on the Chargers staff. He can definitely still play, but on the Chargers he’s only taking snaps from younger and better players. And seeing Gates in any other jersey would make me sick (like with LaDanian Tomlinson)

  5. bitterpadresfan

    What a class organization. I hope Gates goes to the Patriots and kills them next season.

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