The Chargers announced they have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with TE Antonio Gates just minutes before NFL teams are supposed to have all of their waiver claims submitted to the league’s office.
Chargers and TE Antonio Gates reached agreement, per a league source. Gates back to LA to be Rivers’ security blanket.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2018
After a long offseason of back-and-forth debates on whether or not the team will re-sign Gates following the loss of Hunter Henry for the season, we finally have our answer.
The argument for signing Gates only gained more and more support following a preseason that saw the Chargers kick the tires on a number of UDFA tight ends. After all four preseason contests, not one TE was able to make a good enough impression on the staff other than veteran Virgil Green and last year’s UDFA pick-up, Sean Culkin.
Regardless if you think Gates has missed a step over the last few seasons, he brings a welcomed veteran presence to the locker room and gives Rivers another target he can have complete and utter confidence in.
Gates is back, baby.