Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Earlier this year, the Chargers informed Antonio Gates that they would not re-sign him for a 16th season with the Bolts. However, their situation has changed in recent days after Hunter Henry‘s season-ending ACL tear. “We’ll look at all the options that are out there. We’ve got time to do it right now,” GM Ted Telesco said when asked about Gates earlier this week.Gates, 38 in June, isn’t quite the player he was in 2009, but he was highly productive as recently as two years ago when he caught 53 passes for 548 yards and seven scores. On a limited snap count, Gates could help replace some of Henry’s production in 2018, even if he doesn’t match his 12.9 yards per catch average.Gates’ familiarity with the Chargers’ offense and personnel also shouldn’t be discounted. He’s been catching passes from Philip Rivers since 2004 while earning eight Pro Bowl nods and three First-Team All-Pro … [Read more...] about Poll: to sign or not to sign Antonio Gates
In bed with crutches nearby, former San Diego Chargers draftee Scott Chandler posted a selfie two years ago."Another knee surgery yesterday,” Chandler wrote on Facebook. “This game gives and takes. This surgery will take me out of next season, and probably keep me from playing again.”Chandler, indeed, was done.Antonio Gates was preparing for his fifth NFL season in San Diego when Chandler, a tight end as well, arrived as a fourth-round draftee from Iowa. The year was 2007.If Gates plays this year, it’ll be his 16th season. If he’s again with the Chargers, his only NFL club to date, he’ll replace Hunter Henry, who blew out a knee Tuesday in a team practice.Justin Peele was a Chargers fourth-round selection and second-year player who welcomed Gates to the tight-end room in 2003.Gates quickly passed him up. Peele is now in his sixth year of coaching tight ends with the Eagles, who three months ago won a Super Bowl ring like the one that Gates still … [Read more...] about Chargers would be lucky to bring back Antonio Gates
It’s difficult to quantify the loss of Hunter Henry, the Chargers tight end who tore a right-knee ligament while running a simple out route Tuesday and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the 2018 season.Henry, a second-round pick out of Arkansas in 2016, established himself as one of the NFL’s emerging tight ends in his first two seasons, proficient in both receiving and blocking. He has shown a knack for making big plays and a work ethic and personality that made him a favorite among teammates, coaches and club officials.“I’m not gonna minimize it — he’s a Pro Bowl talent with Pro Bowl intangibles,” Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday. “But as bad as we feel about losing him, and as bad as the fans feel about it, Hunter feels worse.“He knows he was going to be a big part of this team, and he feels like he let us down. I told him, ‘Look, you did not let this football team down. You went out there … [Read more...] about With Henry out, Chargers plan to look at all tight end options, including Antonio Gates
By Jack Wang | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: May 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm | UPDATED: May 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm If the Chargers are indeed willing to bring back one of the greatest players in franchise history, they won’t say it out loud. A day after tight end Hunter Henry tore his right ACL on a routine non-contact play, general manager Tom Telesco said that the Chargers will “look at all the options out there and see where the road heads after that.” Asked if that means the door is open for Antonio Gates, to whom the Chargers bid farewell last month, Telesco stuck to his line: “I said all options, so we’ll look at all the options that are out there. We’ve got time to do it right now.” Telesco also declined to say whether or not he has reached out to Gates’ agent. Here’s the case for re-signing Gates: He holds the NFL career record for tight ends with 114 touchdown catches, and looked capable last December when Henry’s … [Read more...] about Does loss of Hunter Henry open door for Chargers to re-sign Antonio Gates?
The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Tuesday evening that tight end Hunter Henry has suffered a torn ACL, which would end his season. Henry was expected to be a big part of the team’s offense and a potential breakout candidate in 2018, so this is a big blow. Now the question for the Chargers becomes: Who will replace him? While Virgil Green is next up on the depth chart, one has to wonder whether the team will consider bringing back Antonio Gates. That’s something ESPN’s Adam Schefter pointed out. Gates turns 38 next month and was told by the Chargers that they didn’t plan to bring him back. It would be understandable if this injury changes their minds. Gates had 30 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns last season. He has spent his entire career with the Chargers. … [Read more...] about Antonio Gates could be option for Chargers after Henry injury