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Chargers to talk about new deal with Antonio Gates this week

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The Chargers are going to be back in San Diego for the 2016 season and they’ll start work this week on making sure tight end Antonio Gates is there as well.

Gates said near the end of the regular season that he didn’t want to end his career on the down note provided by the Chargers’ 4-12 season in 2015. He’s also said that he doesn’t want to play for anyone other than the Chargers, which should make for productive conversations between the team and Gates’ agent Tom Condon at the combine in Indianapolis this week.

General Manager Tom Telesco said that the plan is to talk about a new deal for Gates and that conversations with fellow impending free agent tight end Ladarius Green are on the docket as well.

“We’ll talk to Tom Condon in a little more detail in Indy, and we’ll talk to Ladarius’s guy in Indy as well,” Telesco said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s February, and we’ve got until September to get the position together the best way we see fit. So, we’ll see. Through our own players, through free agency and through the draft, we’ll see.”

Gates missed four games while suspended and another with an injury last season, finishing the year with 56 catches and 630 yards. That’s in line with his past rate of production and makes his return for a 14th year with the Chargers a safe bet.

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26 Responses to “Chargers to talk about new deal with Antonio Gates this week”
  1. sansbushman says: Feb 21, 2016 8:38 AM

    Antonio Gates is old and slow. Thank him for being a pioneer of basketball player turned HOF tight-end and let him retire.

  2. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Feb 21, 2016 8:40 AM

    Greatest undrafted player of all time.

  3. tonyzendejas says: Feb 21, 2016 9:08 AM

    This guy is 100.

  4. raiderinva says: Feb 21, 2016 9:18 AM

    It’s a good thing that The Packers don’t believe in signing free agents. If you give Aaron Rodgers a solid go to TE like Ladarius Green the pass offense would explode. Especially with Jordy Nelson coming back, scary stuff…..

  5. chargersdiehard says: Feb 21, 2016 9:39 AM

    I bet Shannon Sharpe doesn’t like this one bit. He hates the fact that Gates is as good as he was, yet Gates has always been on crappy teams. Sharpe has two rings he earned while his team cheated the salary cap. Gates is the GOAT and one or two more seasons will prove that. First ballot.

  6. babygaga19 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:14 AM

    Great player but his ship has sailed.

  7. kcchefs58 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:48 AM

    Tony G…

  8. therealraider says: Feb 21, 2016 11:10 AM

    I get it, some teams fall in love with certain players.. For the Chargers its Gates, for the Raiders its Marcell Reece.

  9. cinzano08 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:11 AM

    If he gets a new contract he can thank his ped doctor.

  10. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:22 AM

    imo he should retire. he had a descent career but when its all said and done hell go down as a guy who put up stats but never won. he had all the physical tools and raw athleticism but lacked the intangebles and grit necesary to be a all time great like heath miller. maybe he should have stuck to basketball where athleticism is all thats needed

  11. jerry944 says: Feb 21, 2016 12:23 PM

    Witten better than gates

  12. babygaga19 says: Feb 21, 2016 12:32 PM

    I bet Shannon Sharpe doesn’t like this one bit. He hates the fact that Gates is as good as he was, yet Gates has always been on crappy teams. Sharpe has two rings he earned while his team cheated the salary cap. Gates is the GOAT and one or two more seasons will prove that. First ballot.
    Shannon has 3 rings.

  13. thames2vvvvvvrebel89130 says: Feb 21, 2016 12:50 PM

    i cut him and draft hunter henry te from arkansas at top of rd 2

    gates isn’t part of the future

    trying to get a new stadium, blow it up and start over

    bolts aren’t pursuing weddell and they should let gates go as well

  14. thetooloftools says: Feb 21, 2016 1:10 PM

    ( He was/is a basketball player).
    Thet need to get you more involved in the O.

  15. mongo3401 says: Feb 21, 2016 2:27 PM

    There are many undead red players who IMO were better. A few were Warren Moon. Kurt Warner. Drew Pearson to name a few

  16. mongo3401 says: Feb 21, 2016 2:29 PM

    Hate spell check. Meant many UNDRAFTED not undead red. Sorry about that

  17. babygaga19 says: Feb 21, 2016 3:14 PM

    Chargers are fast becoming the old Oakland Raiders, circa 2003-2015. Rivers is about the only decent player (decent, not elite) on the team. Good luck on finding a new stadium. You just aren’t that marketable (see Oakland).

  18. chevy1167 says: Feb 21, 2016 4:04 PM

    Gates (#85) will always be my favorite player. Unlike other players in the NFL its not all about the money but the love of the game. For the last 14 years he was been their #1 receiver and a opposing Team’s nightmare to defend. I believe he has a couple years left in the tank to still contribute but if he were to retire I would not be surprised. Yeah, I am a homer for the Bolts… no matter what happens…

  19. mongo3401 says: Feb 21, 2016 5:17 PM

    Proven fact for SD. Does not matter who is throwing the ball or catching it. If you have cardboard cut outs for an offensive line you are going no where.

  20. cinzano08 says: Feb 21, 2016 5:47 PM

    Shannon sharpe was on 2 tainted Broncos teams that won. His third he was a bystander. Also ped user big time. Overrated te if there ever was one.

  21. TheWizard says: Feb 21, 2016 7:21 PM

    4-12 and that’s the only team he’ll play for?

  22. joetoronto says: Feb 21, 2016 10:25 PM

    Fatso can’t run without PED’s, he’s done like dinner.

  23. chargerdillon says: Feb 21, 2016 10:56 PM

    His tank was empty 2 years ago. Him being on the team is like Kobe Bryant still being on the Lakers.

    If he’s still on the roster for next season, consider TE another weak spot on a roster full of weak spots

  24. davew128 says: Feb 22, 2016 3:37 AM

    GOAT? Gonzalez. Gronk (already). Casper. Winslow. Francis.

  25. jets4everandever says: Feb 22, 2016 8:33 AM

    There is no doubt Gates is one of the best TE to play this game.. but he is at that age now where he is having trouble keeping up. If chargers are going to use him the most it’s going to be in the redzone.. that’s were he will make his money..

  26. realdealsteel says: Feb 22, 2016 8:45 AM

    Chargers are doing the same stupid stuff my team does; hanging on to players past their primes for nostalgia sake.

    Green is the better player at TE now and the Chargers need to invest their time and efforts into Green if they want to have something good at that position in the future.

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