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Antonio Gates: Still unsigned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gates remains unsigned, making it unclear if he plans to continue his career, Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times reports.

Gates indicated at the end of last season that he intended to return for another year, presumably planning to re-sign with the only team he's ever played for. Rather than immediately re-signing Gates at the start of the free agency period, the Chargers lured blocking specialist Virgil Green away from Denver. The team may be preparing to give Hunter Henry (abdomen) a typical starter's workload, after watching the 2016 second-round pick haul in 81 of 115 targets for 1,057 yards (9.2 per target) and 12 touchdowns in 29 games the past two years. Gates caught 83 of 144 targets for 864 yards (6.0 per target) and 10 scores in 30 games over that same period, proving to be far less efficient than his young teammate. He'll turn 38 in June and likely would have his role scaled back even further if he were to re-sign with the Chargers.

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Chargers' Antonio Gates: Likely to play in 2018, potentially not with Chargers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gates indicated he plans on returning for the 2018 season, but didn't rule out joining another team during the offseason, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Gates quietly faded into a backup role behind emerging young tight end Hunter Henry, but a lacerated spleen in Week 14 to the aforementioned starter thrust the 37-year-old back into the spotlight. Despite a noticeable lack of speed, Gates was still a receiving force to end the campaign, totaling 10 receptions (14 targets), 127 receiving yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks of the season. Gates himself seemed to be pleased with the performance, suggesting it "reinforced" he could still play in the NFL: "Sometimes when you're in a backup role, you're not sure what you can do because you're not put in position to do it. I had an opportunity these last two weeks to see what I could do physically, and I felt good." An unrestricted free agent entering the offseason and already boasting a resume worthy of a future Hall of Famer, Gates appears set to look for an elusive Super Bowl win, whether it be on the Chargers or another team on the brink of contention. While a starting workload might be too much to ask of Gates, who will turn 38 in June, the veteran tight end could be a serviceable member for any team in need of a reliable receiving threat and a positive leader in the locker room.

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Chargers' Antonio Gates: Plans to keep playing in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gates indicated Sunday following the Chargers' 30-10 victory over the Raiders that he intends to play in the NFL in 2018, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Though Gates took on even more of a backseat to second-year tight end Hunter Henry in the Chargers' passing attack in 2017, he still proved effective in a secondary role, hauling in 30 of 52 targets for 316 yards and three scores. Gates, who is set to become a free agent this offseason, will turn 38 years old in June and will most likely have to settle for a one-year deal if he elects to keep his career going.

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Chargers' Antonio Gates: Good to go this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gates (illness) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

With Hunter Henry (kidney) on IR, Gates figures to be busy in the Chargers passing game in Week 17 against a beatable Oakland defense. The 37-year-old tight end proved that he can still get it done in Week 16, recording a season-high six catches on eight targets for 81 yards and a TD in the Chargers' 14-7 win over the Jets.

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Chargers' Antonio Gates: Sits out practice due to illness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gates (illness) missed practice Thursday.

We suspect that Gates will bounce back in time for Sunday's game against the Raiders, and he'll be needed this weekend, with fellow TE Hunter Henry (kidney) on IR. Gates turned in his best outing of the season in Week 16, logging six catches on eight targets for 81 yards and a TD in the Chargers' 14-7 win over the Jets.

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