Chargers contact Antonio Gates about possible reunion

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The Chargers took the first step toward a possible reunion with Antonio Gates, contacting the tight end’s representation.

“Obviously, Antonio would be a natural fit,” Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said on San Diego station 97.3 FM, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “He’s someone that we have talked to. We’ve talked to his representatives. Sometimes, it’s not just as easy as saying, ‘Hey, let’s just bring him back. Let’s go.’”

The Chargers publicly bid Gates farewell in April. But after Hunter Henry tore his anterior cruciate ligament last month Telasco said the Chargers would “look at all the options that are out there.”

Virgil Green has 71 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns in his seven-year career. None of the other tight ends on the roster has a regular-season catch.

Gates, who turns 38 next week, had a career-low 316 yards and a career-low 10.5 yards per catch last season.

7 responses to “Chargers contact Antonio Gates about possible reunion

  1. Why would Gates return? He has plenty of money and from what it looks like he got out relatively health. The Chargers will struggle this year & why risk injury? Gates is all class and I look forward to seeing him in the HOF.

  2. Let Sean Culkin play! C’mon, give the guy a chance. Antonio Gates is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s time for the young guys to be given a chance. I think Sean could be just as good as Hunter Henry if given the chance to play on a regular basis. If you bring Gates back and push Culkin back to third string, or worse, how are you ever going to realize his full potential? You’ve got a diamond in the rough with Culkin – use him!

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