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Antonio Gates | Tight End | #85

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Kent State
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chargers told free agent Antonio Gates the team will not be re-signing him.
Gates, who turns 38 in June, would like to continue playing but it looks like his next opportunity will have to come with another team. The 15-year vet set a career-low with 316 receiving yards last season while losing work to up-and-comer Hunter Henry. Already the NFL's all-time touchdown leader among tight ends, the former Kent State basketball player will be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang up his cleats. Apr 27 - 4:58 PM

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he will meet with impending free agent Antonio Gates' agents this week at the Combine.

Telesco said there is "not an easy answer" when it comes to Gates, but he thinks the future Hall of Famer played well late in the season and is a great locker-room presence. It would be unsettling to see Gates play for any other team, but we have seen too many greats finish their career in unnatural uniforms to rule it out. Gates will turn 38 in June.
Mar 1 - 11:52 AM

Speaking Thursday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco admitted he is uncertain about Antonio Gates' future in Los Angeles.

"We’ll probably let some time go a little bit after the season I’ll sit down with Antonio and just kind of talk to him and see what his thoughts are, what he’s thinking and see where our thoughts are and what we’re thinking," Telesco said. "I don’t have an answer for that right now." Gates himself has already said he wants to return for a 16th season. Limited to 499 snaps and 52 targets in 2017, Gates often appeared to be running on fumes.
Jan 4 - 3:46 PM

Antonio Gates said he wants to play in 2018.

"I've still got the juice," Gates said after finishing his season with four catches for 46 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Raiders. Gates did show he has something left in the tank with six catches for 81 yards and a score against the Jets in Week 16, but that was about the only flash in a season which ended with 316 yards and three scores on 30 catches. Set to turn 38 in June, Gates is also a free agent, and it is not a given the Chargers want him back with Hunter Henry ready to take over. Still, if Gates really wants to give it another go, it would be shocking to see him playing for any other team.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:22:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 6-of-8 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Jets.

Both were season highs for Gates, who saw his snaps increase with Hunter Henry out. Gates got open in the end-zone on a goal-line slant in the second quarter for Philip Rivers' only touchdown. He led the Chargers in receiving and should remain involved in the red-zone going forward. Gates will be one of the top streamers for Week 17 against the Raiders
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:55:00 PM

ESPN's Eric Williams reports Antonio Gates should "get more opportunities."

With Hunter Henry on injured reserve, Gates will likely step up and play a bigger role. Williams went on to say Gates is "motivated to finish the season out strong" after taking a backseat to Henry for most of it. Gates is Rotoworld's No. 20 ranked tight end this week and isn't worth much more than a desperate TE2 streaming play.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 10:32:00 AM

Antonio Gates caught 1-of-3 targets for a 10-yard touchdown in the Chargers' Week 15 loss to the Chiefs.

Escaping Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson’s red-zone coverage, Gates’ third-quarter ten-yard touchdown catch gave him 113 for his career, most all time by an NFL tight end. Entering this game, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer had not hit pay dirt since Week 2. Philip Rivers and Gates have now hooked up for 86 career TDs, second most among NFL duos behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (114). Gates remains involved in scoring-position packages, but he has taken a deserved backseat to Hunter Henry. Gates has 20 catches through 14 games.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 11:56:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught each of his two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 8 loss to the Patriots.

The 25 yards were the second highest total that Gates has posted on the season. Gates played just 44 percent of the team snaps Sunday, his second consecutive game playing fewer than half of the snaps. Gates is not a fantasy option as his final season in the league winds down.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 06:48:00 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Gates should be fine for Sunday's game against the Patriots, but has faded from relevance, both in the Chargers' offense and fantasy.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Antonio Gates (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's the first time Gates has been on the injury report all year. The limited practice suggests he should be fine for Week 8. With Gates at less than 100 percent, Hunter Henry should continue to see more snaps.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 07:10:00 PM

Antonio Gates hauled in his only target for four yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Gates now has just one catch in back-to-back games, and he has still yet to record more than 30 yards in a game this season. Even with the Patriots up next, he is not a fantasy option.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 08:12:00 PM

Antonio Gates corralled his only target for 16 yards Sunday in the Chargers’ Week 6 win over the Raiders.

Gates was a non-factor, just as he’s been most of this season. The 37-year-old has seen just four targets over his last two games while losing work to ascendant second-year tight end Hunter Henry. It’s unlikely he rights the ship next week in a tough matchup with Denver.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 09:14:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards in the Chargers' Week 5 win over the Giants.

Even in the best matchup he'll have all year, Gates couldn't break out. He now has 11 catches for 99 yards through five games. Sadly, the future Hall-of-Famer is off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 05:48:00 PM

Antonio Gates caught 3-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 loss to the Eagles.

Sadly, the yards were Gates' second most of the season. With 25 percent of the year in the books, he's on pace for 32/304/4. The Chargers need to end their tight end timeshare and commit to sophomore Hunter Henry as the clear starter, but there's been no indication such a move is on the horizon.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 08:14:00 PM

Antonio Gates pulled in two-of-five targets for 30 yards Sunday in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.

A week after setting the all-time mark for touchdowns by a tight end, Gates was back to being invisible. Ineffective as he was, Gates actually set season-highs in both yards and targets. He’s unlikely to be a factor next week against Philadelphia.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 09:14:00 PM

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