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  • Gates gets new deal

    Chargers extend Gates through 2015 season

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the team has extended six-time Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates for five years. The deal averages $7.235 million annually and includes $20.4 million guaranteed.

    According to Mortensen, the deal makes Gates the highest paid tight end in football.

  • #2
    Surprising it came from the normally frugal A.J. Smith, but the guy definitely deserves it. Really a dangerous weapon for the Chargers.

    Props to clover_jeez!

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    • #3
      Hate to say it, but he deserves every penny.

      Originally posted by fenikz
      His soft D really turns me off
      ** RIP themaninblack. You will be missed. **

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      • #4
        I can understand being reluctant to lock up Jackson with the off the field trouble but I would have locked up Marcus McNeill along time ago.

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        • #5
          Yeah, they should have been working on McNeil first. But Gates is a monster. Deserves this completely.

          Bonekrusher.

          Originally posted by JordanTaber
          Football...it's rocket surgery now, folks.

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          • #6
            Gates is one of my favorite players in the league, consistently gets it done and keeps a low profile. Pretty humble guy from what I understand, probably has something to do with how he broke into the league. Gates is a great success story, I can't stand the Chargers but I've always liked Gates.

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            • #7
              Even though he is a Charger, he deserves the money. Has been the best TE in the league for awhile


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              • #8
                I was surprised to read that he hadn't missed a game in 4 years...I could swear he always seems to be battle toe or foot problems. I guess he just plays through it then.

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                • #9
                  McNeil and Jackson both want new contracts and they extend gates? Wise move from a perspective of keeping him happy, bad move at the expense of pissing off two others.

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                  • #10
                    *Sniper sees title, then cringes in horror*

                    Pretty solid deal, though. I'd extend the left tackle before the tight end, but still a good deal.

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                    • #11
                      I think that as much business has been made over McNeil and Jackson, Gates and Rivers are really what make that offense tick. Sure, losing one or both of the others would hurt, but Gates has been a monster for years and is still relatively young and plays like it. He opens up that entire passing offense, seeing as how he's the only one who runs intermediate routes. Hes invaluable to that offense and its nice to see a guy who doesn't hold out and make a big fuss over his contract get a nice extension he deserves. Vincent Jackson should take notes.
                      Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                      The APS is strong in this one.
                      Originally posted by killxswitch
                      Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn View Post
                        Surprising it came from the normally frugal A.J. Smith, but the guy definitely deserves it. Really a dangerous weapon for the Chargers.
                        He's not really frugal. He likes players like Gates who are great on and off the field, and will reward them fairly. Look at Rivers last year, and the numerous signing we've had over the years. The problem is that you can't sign every major star on the team to a max contract. You pick and choose your battles.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Splat View Post
                          I can understand being reluctant to lock up Jackson with the off the field trouble but I would have locked up Marcus McNeill along time ago.
                          I think they tried to but the injury concerns (spinal issues?) must be holding them back. I remember hearing rumors of them trying to extend him back in 2008, but that was before McNeill injured his neck that year.

                          Edit: This is pure speculation at the moment, but it makes sense.
                          http://www.boltsfromtheblue.com/2010...o-gates-a-five
                          The Chargers had indicated that they wanted to get a deal with Gates in place before focusing on reaching an agreement with Left Tackle Marcus McNeill. With a deal out of the way, this may open the door for McNeill and the Chargers to enter into talks.
                          Last edited by Xenos; 07-28-2010, 10:37 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BlindSite View Post
                            McNeil and Jackson both want new contracts and they extend gates? Wise move from a perspective of keeping him happy, bad move at the expense of pissing off two others.
                            This is his last year with us. And of course, they go for the guy who keeps his mouth shut and doesn't try to demand a new contract and threaten to hold out ie. Dbrick Ferguson with the Jets and Dumervil with the Broncos. If anything this will hopefully show the other two that if they had dealt with their contract issues like Gates, and signed their tender and made it to camp, that they would have also been richly rewarded as well.

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                            • #15
                              Who the hell is Gates get?


                              Originally posted by Scott Wright
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                              do i tell you when to flip the burger?

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