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Antonio Gates | Tight End | #85

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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Philip Rivers said one goal of the 2016 season is to get Antonio Gates at least eight touchdowns to break Tony Gonzalez's tight end touchdowns record.
With 104 career touchdowns, Gates needs eight to pass Gonzalez's mark of 111 for sixth all time and first among tight ends. Considering Gates was still able to score five times last season despite missing the first four games and limping through the second half of the calendar with a sprained MCL, we'd consider it likely he passes Gonzalez. Even at 36, Gates remains a TE1. Jul 27 - 12:42 PM

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the team still has "some work" to do at the tight end position.

San Diego brought back Antonio Gates on a two-year deal, but they still have big concerns at tight end. Those concerns were alleviated somewhat when they signed Jeff Cumberland on Monday, but they would still be smart to invest in a pass-catching complement to Gates in the draft. Gates will turn 36 in June.
Apr 5 - 10:22 AM

Chargers re-signed TE Antonio Gates to a two-year, $12 million contract with $6 million guaranteed.

It took longer than expected, but the two sides got the deal done. Entering his 14th season with the Chargers, Gates is already the organization's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. San Diego may bring in some help for the future Hall of Famer, but Gates will remain a vital part of the offense. Turning 36 in June, Gates will return to a talented pass-catcher corps that now includes a healthy Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and 4.36 speedster signee Travis Benjamin. Philip Rivers should be excited.
Mar 9 - 11:58 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego believes it's "likely only a matter of time" before the Chargers re-sign free agent Antonio Gates.

Per reporter Michael Gehlken, the sides met at the Combine and it "went well." All 190 of Gates' NFL games have come in a Chargers uniform. He'll be back, but the question is if he'll be in a timeshare with free agent Ladarius Green, and perhaps have his role scaled back in his age-36 campaign.
Mar 1 - 2:05 PM

The Chargers will open contract talks with free agent Antonio Gates at the Combine.

Gates has already said he plans to play at least one more year. Re-signing him is a formality. Even entering his age-36 season, Gates should return as one of the top red-zone threats in the league.
Feb 20 - 6:15 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports "all indications" suggest impending free agent Antonio Gates will not retire.

Gates said he did not "want to go out as a loser" in December, and he was reportedly inquiring about the Chargers' draft plans immediately following the season. Gates is an impending free agent, but both sides have expressed a desire to work out a new deal. Gates has been with the Chargers since 2003.
Feb 2 - 10:57 AM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirmed the team is interested in bringing back Antonio Gates.

Gates is headed for free agency and could opt for retirement, though it sounds like he's interested in playing at least one more season. Coach Mike McCoy said Gates has already asked him who the Chargers plan to draft with the No. 3 pick. A Chargers lifer, it would be a major upset if Gates signed elsewhere.
Jan 8 - 1:48 PM

Coach Mike McCoy said Monday that free agent Antonio Gates has already begun asking whom the Chargers will draft with the No. 3 overall pick.

It seems like an indication Gates intends to remain part of the organization in 2016, most likely as a player. Gates will turn 36 this June, but he remained the Chargers' best red-zone target when healthy this season. The Chargers will have to begin looking at tight ends of the future, but it seems doubtful they'll find a better option for next season than Gates.
Jan 4 - 2:54 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-5 targets for 34 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

It was a trying age-35 season for the legendary tight end. His year started with a four-game suspension for violating the league's PEDs policy, and then Gates suffered a sprained MCL in Week 8 and never seemed to be healthy again the rest of the year. He was basically playing on one leg. Gates appeared in 11 games and posted a respectable 56-630-5 receiving. It's unclear if he'll play next year or retire, but Gates has hinted he's coming back because he doesn't want to go out like this on a 3-13 season. Gates should remain a TE1 in 2016 after getting healthy in the offseason. He's set to become a free agent in March, but it's really hard to see him leaving Philip Rivers' side.
Jan 4 - 1:34 AM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Chargers' Week 16 loss to the Raiders.

Gates was simply locked up by the Raiders' defense. It's astounding he only drew two targets on a night where Philip Rivers attempted 49 passes. Gates will be more of a low-end TE1 against the Broncos' elite defense in Week 17.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 12:51:00 AM

Antonio Gates caught 6-of-9 targets for 88 yards in the Chargers' Week 15 win over the Dolphins.

Gates shredded the Dolphins' first- and second-level coverage, playing a big role setting up most of Danny Woodhead's four all-purpose touchdowns. Looking healthy again, Rivers will be a strong TE1 play when the Chargers take on the Raiders in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:54:00 PM

Antonio Gates hints he'll return for a 14th season in 2016.

"I don’t want to go out this kind of way," Gates said Sunday. "I don’t want to go out as a loser. Winning is the way, ideally, you want to go out. … I want to make one more run at it, and then if it doesn’t work, be like, ‘OK.’ That’s just my feeling right now." Now 35, Gates remains highly effective when healthy, but has been playing hurt for much of 2015. That being said, there's little doubt he'd remain one of the league's better tight ends if he returns for his age-36 campaign. Keep Gates around in Dynasty leagues.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 01:37:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 6-of-8 targets for 76 yards in the Chargers' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Gates' biggest grab was on 4th-and-10 on the Chargers' last-hope, final drive as they were trailing 10-3. The Chargers got inside the five-yard line, and Gates was targeted on an end-zone shot on the drive, but San Diego failed to score and didn't find the end zone at all on Sunday. Gates has slowed down considerably, but remains a locked-in TE1 for Week 15 against Miami.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Antonio Gates secured 6-of-9 targets for 50 yards in the Chargers' Week 13 loss to the Broncos.

He was the lone San Diego pass catcher to finish above 30 yards in a game where the Chargers' offense was wholly dysfunctional. The good news is Gates appeared to play more than he has the past two weeks, when his snap rates were both below 50 percent. Gates will be a low-end TE1 in Week 14 against the Chiefs, who held Gates to six yards on three targets in Week 11.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:58:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 4-of-6 targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Jaguars.

Playing through hip and knee injuries, Gates clearly is less than 100 percent. But he remains a huge part of the offense in the red zone and showed it with a pair of nine- and 12-yard touchdown catches in the second quarter. His first score came on an inside slant down the seam, and the second was on a corner route where Gates beat coverage-deficient SS Johnathan Cyprien with ease. Gates will be a locked-in TE1 next week in a tough date with the Broncos.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Zach Mettenberger
4Mike Bercovici
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Dreamius Smith
5Kenneth Farrow
GLB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1Derek Watt
2Chris Swain
WR11Keenan Allen
2Dontrelle Inman
3James Jones
4DeAndre Reaves
WR21Travis Benjamin
2Tyrell Williams
3Javontee Herndon
4Isaiah Burse
5Dom Williams
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
3Tyler Johnstone
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Chris Watt
3Bruce Johnson
4Vi Teofilo
C1Matt Slauson
2Max Tuerk
3Spencer Pulley
RG1D.J. Fluker
2Kenny Wiggins
RT1Joe Barksdale
2Tyreek Burwell
3Brett Boyko
K1Josh Lambo