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Antonio Gates

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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

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  • WTCMWTCM Posts: 11,990
    Canton bound
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  • swampiesswampies Posts: 4,042
    Maybe he’ll come back once again when the chargers sign Brady lol
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  • WTCMWTCM Posts: 11,990
    swampies said:

    Maybe he’ll come back once again when the chargers sign Brady lol

    They can sign the entire probowl roster, he's simply out of juice.
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  • One of the best late round picks I made many moons ago...
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    QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, Flex RB/WR/TE

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    3 2020 1sts

  • KookaburraKookaburra Posts: 1,530
    Rivers to Gates won many, many games for me over the years. Strange to look back and see some of the connections. Ed McCaffrey was a fixture on those teams as well, which spiked my interest in his young son's career with "uncle" John Elway and his dad training him. Now CMC is on both my teams.
  • WTCMWTCM Posts: 11,990
    Man Rivers is old. Its like he's had a kid for every year he's been in the NFL lol
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  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,208
    Brady, Rivers and Brees need to hang em up or become backups. Game is no fun when 38, 40 yr olds are still playing. Just have a 10-12 yr career and hang em up and make room for the next generation.
  • KookaburraKookaburra Posts: 1,530

    Brady, Rivers and Brees need to hang em up or become backups. Game is no fun when 38, 40 yr olds are still playing. Just have a 10-12 yr career and hang em up and make room for the next generation.

    Have you done that at work?
  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,208
    My work doesn’t involve fans who are tired of seeing me come to work everyday nor is it based on athletic performance, of which Brady, Rivers and Brees have none of.
  • KookaburraKookaburra Posts: 1,530
    Doesn't mean you wouldn't hang on to the bitter end. Not defending them...just saying
  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,208
    Which is why teams need to proactively move on from them - athletes will hang on far longer than they should.
  • WTCMWTCM Posts: 11,990
    edited January 17

    Which is why teams need to proactively move on from them - athletes will hang on far longer than they should.

    While i'm agreeing with this statement. Its hard to do such if the QB is becomes well knit with the community, owner, gm, and the rest of the team. Look how long it took to pry the job away from Eli, being such a staple in NY. I get its a business, but complacency does become an issue
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  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,208
    I think we’re seeing a slow death to the prototypical pocket passer QB. I think more and more we’re going to see QBs who offer some minimum of running. This is why QBs like Lamar, DeShaun, Kyler and Josh Allen are becoming more and more frequent. The Brady, Brees and Rivers types offer nothing as far as running is concerned.
  • swampiesswampies Posts: 4,042

    I think we’re seeing a slow death to the prototypical pocket passer QB. I think more and more we’re going to see QBs who offer some minimum of running. This is why QBs like Lamar, DeShaun, Kyler and Josh Allen are becoming more and more frequent. The Brady, Brees and Rivers types offer nothing as far as running is concerned.

    If that is the case then their records will never be broken because these types of QB’s will never last with a very short career
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  • swampies said:

    I think we’re seeing a slow death to the prototypical pocket passer QB. I think more and more we’re going to see QBs who offer some minimum of running. This is why QBs like Lamar, DeShaun, Kyler and Josh Allen are becoming more and more frequent. The Brady, Brees and Rivers types offer nothing as far as running is concerned.

    If that is the case then their records will never be broken because these types of QB’s will never last with a very short career
    100% agree with this!

  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,208
    Agreed
  • farfromhomefarfromhome Posts: 1,696
    Was a pleasure to watch and be a fantasy owner of this beast for many years....nothing but love for you mr gates...
  • PDTDTPDTDT Posts: 683
    edited February 9



    Have you done that at work?

    My job doesn't pay multi-millions per year either, I'll have to work until I die, new generation or not
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