Antonio Gates TE, Unsigned Free Agent
Former Chargers TE Antonio Gates announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons.
The 39-year-old Gates last played in 2018. The Chargers lifer and former Kent State power forward retires with 116 career touchdown catches, tops among NFL tight ends and good for seventh-most all-time. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Gates was arguably the most feared tight end in football throughout his prime, operating as the chief red-zone weapon for both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers during his 16-year run in San Diego/Los Angeles. He contributed two 1,000-yard receiving seasons while also reaching double-digit touchdowns on four occasions. Gates never won a Super Bowl—or even played in one—but there's no doubt he'll go down as one of the greatest tight ends to ever lace them up. A Hall of Fame shoe-in, Gates won't have to wait long for his enshrinement in Canton.
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Source: Antonio Gates on Twitter
Jan 14, 2020, 2:11 PM ET