Free Agency 2016

Gates To Finish His Career With The Chargers


Source: NFL Media

Antonio Gates, the all-time leading receiver in Chargers history and an eight-time Pro Bowl tight end, has agreed to a new two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Gates enters his 14th NFL season with 844 career catches, 10,644 receiving yards and 104 touchdown catches. He will head into 2016 ranked seventh all-time with 104 career touchdown catches. He needs seven more touchdown catches to tie Tony Gonzalez (111) for sixth all-time and first among tight ends.

In 2015, Gates was the Chargers’ third-leading receiver with 56 catches, good for 630 yards and five touchdowns. His 104 touchdown catches since he came into the NFL in 2003 are the most in the NFL over the last 12-plus years (2003-current).

Gates has 21-career multi-touchdown games, most by a tight end in NFL history, and he and quarterback Philip Rivers have connected on 77 touchdowns during their careers, most in NFL history for a quarterback-tight end tandem.


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