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.

26 responses to “Chargers to talk about new deal with Antonio Gates this week

  1. 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…..

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.
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    Shannon has 3 rings.

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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..

  12. 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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