Gates joined the Chargers in 2003 as an undrafted free agent, famously converting from basketball where he helped lead Kent State to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Gates' resolve to play on is apparently renewed, but it won't be with the Chargers and Philip Rivers, his quarterback for the past 12 seasons. He and Rivers have connected on 87 touchdowns during their time together with the Chargers, the most in league history for a quarterback-tight end tandem.
The Chargers also signed tight end Virgil Green as a free agent from Denver last month. Those measurables are impressive enough, but what is even scarier about James is he going to get even better over time as he plays with intensity, has great height as a safety and by looking at his numbers, he can make tackles.
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That second wind in Manchester coincided with Arsenal's move to a new stadium and the financial constraints that came with it for a number of years.
Following Henry's injury late in the season, Gates stepped in and caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the final two games as the primary tight end. While we all know what the Chargers need, the path to getting those needs could vary greatly. "If it were not to work out, and if he were to decide to hang it up, who knows?"
"Antonio is not only one of the best Chargers of all time but he's one of the best football players in the history of our game", Telesco said.
But Los Angeles is loaded with pass-catching talent, including Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen and a full complement of wideouts.