Antonio Gates unlikely to retire

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

After a wild 2015 many have wondered if San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates would retire. Gates will be 36 at the start of the 2016 season and is coming off of a year where he was suspended for four games and fought through injuries. All of that would make anyone his age seriously consider their retirement. Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Gates may not be ready to retire just yet.

He’s spent all 13 years of his NFL career in San Diego. It would be a major upset if there isn’t a 14th.

The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn’t ready for retirement yet. Gates, who will turn 36 in June, is confident he can still produce in the NFL. Last year, he caught 46 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Antonio Gates unlikely to retire

Gates did perform quite well when he was on the field, even when he was banged up. With that being the case he knows he can still produce so it looks like that won’t be a factor. The question then would be is the drive still there? The Chargers went 4-12 last season and didn’t look like a contender at all.

Would he really want to come back to play for a losing team? He actually answered that question after the teams finale on January 3rd. He said how much this team fights and how proud he was about it.

“The way we played today, for a team with nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing, says a lot about us, man,” Gates said afterward. “This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I’d love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we’re going to fight despite whatever we’re going through. We’ll see how it goes.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

So basically the way Gates has been talking, Gehlken is right, all indications point towards Antonio not being ready to retire. It doesn’t mean that it won’t happen but it does seem very unlikely.

The question is will the Chargers pay to bring one of the best tight ends in history back? Personally, I’d think they’d be fools not too.

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