The Los Angeles Chargers have knowledgeable tight finish Antonio Gates that they won’t re-sign him for the approaching season, a supply informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The 37-year-old Gates, who has spent his whole profession with the Chargers since they signed him as a free agent out of Kent State in 2003, mentioned on the finish of final season that he wished to play at the least yet one more yr.
Thought-about a lock for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, Gates had a decreased position with the Chargers in 2017, taking part in 478 snaps and making 30 receptions for 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Gates hadn’t had fewer that 49 catches in a season since making 30 as a rookie.
An eight-time Professional Bowl choice and three-time All-Professional, Gates is the Chargers’ all-time chief in receptions (927), receiving yards (11,508) and touchdowns (114), along with his landing complete an NFL report for tight ends.
Gates has caught 87 landing passes from Philip Rivers, probably the most in league historical past for a quarterback-tight finish tandem.
He additionally has 21 video games in his profession with greater than 100 receiving yards, certainly one of solely seven tight ends to realize that feat.