TE Antonio Gates not returning to Chargers

Report: Chargers Will Not Re-Sign Tight End Antonio Gates

According to ESPN, the Chargers informed tight end Antonio Gates that they don't intend to sign him for the 2018 season.

But Gates will turn 38 years old in June, and his role in the Chargers' offense diminished steadily over the past three seasons. The Chargers, meanwhile, are ready to make Hunter Henry their full-time end.

Despite his accolades, Gates hit lows during the 2017 season.

With the Chargers, Gates quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position, catching 81 passes and 13 touchdowns in his second year, beginning a streak of eight straight Pro Bowl selections.




Where James helps the Chargers at safety is with his speed at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, plus he had 21 reps in the bench press and a 40-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine.

When Philip Rivers took over for Brees in 2006, Gates didn't miss a beat and settled in as Rivers' favorite target during their time together in San Diego. He teamed with Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson as the offensive heart of a team that won four consecutive AFC West titles from 2006-09 and advanced to the conference championship game.

He's the Chargers' all-time leader in receptions (927), receiving yards (11,508), and touchdowns (114).

Gates was particularly prolific in 2005, when he caught a career-best 89 passes for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns in Drew Brees' final season as the Chargers' quarterback. His 114 touchdowns is the most ever by an National Football League tight end and the sixth-most by any player.

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