The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms on a new contract with veteran tight end Antonio Gates. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it will be a two-year deal that will allow the 35 year old to finish his NFL career in San Diego.
Chargers and Antonio Gates reach agreement, as @RapSheet reported. Deal is a 2-year agreement and allows Gates to finish career as Charger.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Gates has been in the league for 13 seasons — all with the Chargers.
While Gates was once the key to the San Diego offensive attack, he has taken a few steps back. Last season, Gates played in 11 games, recording 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.
What will be interesting to keep an eye on now is the future of fellow tight end Ladarius Green, who is also a free agent.
With Green on the open market, the decision by San Diego to re-sign Gates could be a hint that the Chargers brass expect Green to bolt for the cash.
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