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Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Date of Birth:  06/18/1980
Age:  42
Height  6'4"
Weight:   255
College:  Kent State
Drafted:  2003 | Undrafted
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Antonio Gates | Retired TE


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Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates has retired from the NFL.

Gates' retirement statement can be read in the link below, but in it he states "I find it hard to officially put this statement out and retire from the game of football. I never dreamed that I would play this game of football so long or how fortunate I would be to play with just one organization." In 16 seasons, Gates caught 955 passes for 11,841 yards and 116 touchdowns, and he will certainly have a spot in Canton in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gates was named a First-team All-Pro three times (consecutive seasons from 2004-2006), and he was also named a member of the All-Decade Team for the 2000s. Gates says he will now help the Chargers franchise in community engagement initiatives and public facing events, and we wish him the best of luck in his post-playing life.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates scores in Divisional Round.

Gates caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' loss to the Patriots, with the score coming on a corner route in the final minute of the 41-28 loss. If this was the future Hall of Famer's last NFL game, it was good to see him go out with a touchdown. He showed he can still play, though, so maybe we'll see him back in 2019. However, it won't be as LA's top tight end with Hunter Henry entering the offseason healthy after his torn ACL suffered last May.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches four passes in Chargers' playoff win.

Gates gained 35 yards on his four receptions in the Wild Card Round win over the Ravens, as he worked as a reliable underneath target for Philip Rivers throughout the game. If Hunter Henry (knee) returns for the Divisional Round, the future Hall of Famer Gates could have his role decrease against the Patriots next Sunday.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates did not catch a pass in Week 17.

The veteran tight end's 2018 regular season ends with 28 receptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns, all lows since his rookie season in 2003. Now Gates will play in what could be his final postseason run, but he might not be the team's top tight end if Hunter Henry continues his awesome comeback from an offseason knee injury and plays this Sunday against the Ravens.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates caught three passes for 21 yards in Saturday night's loss to the Ravens.

Gates also lost a costly fumble as the Chargers looked to take the lead down 16-10 in the fourth quarter, and Baltimore returned it for a game-sealing touchdown. The veteran might be rested in Week 17 if Los Angeles is locked into the No. 5 seed, so fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a tight end option in deeper leagues.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates caught four passes for 54 yards in Thursday night's win over the Chiefs.

Hunter Henry has obviously been effective all season for the Chargers, but Gates played well in a huge victory as he moved the chains, including twice on a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Gates won't be a recommended TE2 option next week against the Ravens.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.

It was mostly a conservative, low-volume passing attack for Los Angeles, but things are sure to open up on Thursday night against the Chiefs. While there are probably better options available, Week 15 would be a spot to use Gates in fantasy lineups for a potential shootout.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates did not catch a pass against the Steelers.

Gates had a nice catch-and-run that was wiped away by a penalty, but that was it in the Week 13 victory. The veteran tight end is not a highly-recommended fantasy option at the moment, but next week against the Bengals could be a good spot for him if you’re going to use him.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches one pass in win over the Cardinals.

It went for 18 yards on his only target. Gates broke out last week with 80 yards and a score, but he's not a reliable TE2 at this point in his career. The future Hall of Famer will take on the Steelers next Sunday night.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates comes alive in Week 11 loss.

After being held below 20 yards and out of the end zone in every game since September, Gates caught five-of-seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown against Denver. Unfortunately, it didn't lead to a win, but Gates showed he still has some left in the tank at 38 years old. The future Hall of Fame tight end is worth considering as a low-end TE2 next week, but he's unlikely to have a repeat performance against Arizona.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates (knee) is active for the Chargers.

Gates was listed as questionable after just one limited practice on Friday, but he's ready to go against the Broncos. The veteran tight end isn't a highly-recommended option in standard-sized fantasy leagues.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 11.

Gates doesn't need to practice to play, but he might be a true game-time call for Sunday. However, ideally you won't have to trust the future Hall of Fame tight end in fantasy lineups even with six teams on a bye, as his role hasn't been big this season.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches 18-yard pass in Week 10 win.

It was his only reception of the game. Gates hasn't scored or gone for 20+ yards since September, so he's not a recommended fantasy option heading into a matchup with the Broncos.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates did not catch a pass in Week 9.

The future Hall of Famer isn't on the fantasy radar right now. He's on pace for 24 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns this season. Gates is more of a real-life contributor than reliable fantasy asset at the moment.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches two passes in Week 7.

Gates gained 11 yards on his two receptions against the Titans. The future Hall of Famer is a low-floor option in fantasy lineups at the moment.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches one pass in Week 6.

This looked like a potential good spot for Gates to have a startable fantasy performance, but the Chargers threw just 20 passes (11 completions) in the blowout victory over the Browns. Gates caught one pass for five yards in the win. The future Hall of Famer will look to be more involved in London next week when the Chargers face the Titans.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland.

Gates was targeted just twice as Philip Rivers spread the ball around, but he gets a tremendous matchup next Sunday against Cleveland. If you were waiting for a spot to use the future Hall of Famer in fantasy lineups, Week 6 would seem to be the time.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates scores in Chargers' win.

Gates got wide-open on a corner route in the red zone for the first touchdown of the game for the Chargers, who were down 14-0 at the time. Overall, Gates had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 win. The future Hall of Famer is on pace for 28 receptions for 352 yards and four touchdowns this season, and he'll need a touchdown to deliver fantasy value most weeks.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates caught three passes for 45 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Gates had a really good matchup against the other Los Angeles team, but Mike Williams surprisingly did most of the damage in the passing game with 81 yards and two scores. We would avoid the veteran tight end against the stingy 49ers in Week 4.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates (illness) is officially active for Week 3.

This was expected, as Gates was dealing with an illness throughout the week. The Rams are susceptible to the middle of the field, so Gates has some TE1 upside as one of Philip Rivers' red-zone threats.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

We expect Gates to be good to go for Sunday against the Rams, but his status might not be known until after the early games have kicked off. Gates has some TE1 upside against a Rams defense that's vulnerable in the middle of the field.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates held without a reception in Week 2 win.

Gates wasn't need in a decisive victory over the Bills, but he should be involved early and often next week against a Rams defense that looks vulnerable against tight ends. While the future Hall of Famer carries risk if he isn't a full-time player, he will likely be ranked as a TE1 option in his best matchup of the year.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates has quiet day in Week 1 loss.

Gates caught two passes for 16 yards. Of course, the future Hall of Famer didn't re-sign with the team until last week, so he should be more involved as the season progresses. The Chargers take on the Bills in Week 2.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates is re-signing with the Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

After the season-ending injury to starter Hunter Henry during the offseason program, there was much speculation about the future Hall of Famer Gates potentially returning to the Chargers; it took all summer, but it indeed happened one week from the Chargers' season opener next Sunday. Because of Gates' experience playing with Philip Rivers, there isn't much concern about him getting reacclimatized to the offense. Expect Gates to be in the lineup in Week 1, though his fantasy value will likely be dependent on scoring touchdowns in the red zone.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches four passes against Oakland.

Gates gained 46 yards on his four receptions. The future Hall of Famer had 30 receptions for 316 yards and three touchdowns this season in what was the worst statistically since his rookie season, but Gates could still play if he wants to. Now the attention will turn to whether Gates does want to return for another season or hang it up on his outstanding career.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates plays great in Chargers' win.

With Hunter Henry (kidney) done for the season, Gates pretty much had a full-time role in the win against the Jets. The future Hall of Fame tight end caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown (all team highs), with the score coming on a crossing route in the end zone. Gates will be a TE1 option against the Raiders in Week 17.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates scores in Week 15.

Gates caught a ten-yard touchdown on a crossing route in the end zone, which tied him and Philip Rivers for the second-most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver combo in NFL history (behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison). It's quite the feat the Gates and Rivers, but they'll unfortunately need two wins and some help after tonight's loss to the Chiefs. Gates' role isn't quite big enough to be a highly-reccomended fantasy option right now.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates gets four targets against the Browns.

The future Hall of Fame tight end was a reliable target over the middle for Philip Rivers, catching three passes for 32 yards in the Week 13 victory. Gates isn't a fantasy option, but it'd be cool to see him help on playoff run in what could be his final season.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates doesn't catch a pass in Week 12.

Gates was targeted twice against the Cowboys, but he and Philip Rivers couldn't connect. This is the future Hall of Famers second straight week without a reception, so he's off the fantasy radar right now.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates doesn't catch a pass in Week 11.

Gates was targeted on hitch route in the end zone, but it was broken up. The veteran tight end isn't a fantasy option right now.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches one pass in Week 10.

The future Hall of Famer caught a three-yarder on a quick hook route late in the game. Gates is not a recommended fantasy option right now.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches both targets against the Patriots.

The veteran tight end gained 25 yards on his two receptions in the Week 8 loss. The future Hall-of-Famer isn't a recommended fantasy option anymore, as he doesn't get enough work in the offense.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates takes a backseat to Hunter Henry in Week 7 win.

Gates caught just one pass for four yards, as Hunter Henry was basically a full-time player for the Chargers. The future Hall-of-Famer is a weekly touchdown threat, but should probably stay on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches lone target in Week 6.

Gates gained 16 yards on a corner route against the Raiders. The future Hall of Fame tight end's role isn't big enough for a fantasy impact right now, despite his contributions in real life to the team.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates gets three targets in Week 5.

Gates caught two passes for 23 yards in a win over the Giants. The future Hall of Fame tight end is still a contributor for his team, but he's not a great fantasy option right now. He does have a great matchup against the Raiders in Week 6, though.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates gets five targets in Week 4.

Gates caught three passes for 18 yards against Philadelphia. The veteran tight end is on pace for 36 receptions, 304 yards, and four touchdowns this season.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates catches two passes in loss to the Chiefs.

The future Hall of Fame tight end was targeted five times and gained 30 yards on his two receptions. Hunter Henry curiously was not targeted in the game after having a good Week 2. Gates has a tough matchup against Philadelphia next week.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

History is made: Antonio Gates breaks Tony Gonzalez's touchdown record for tight ends.

Gates broke the record and scored his 112th career touchdown on a seven-yard pass in the third quarter. He finished with two catches for 11 yards. Congratulations to Gates, but fantasy wise, this probably lowers his value for the rest of the season, as the talented Hunter Henry should see more playing time for the 0-2 Chargers. LA plays the Chiefs next week.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Still got it: Gates catches touchdown in preseason opener.

He caught two passes for 10 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers. Entering his 15th season, Gates still knows how to score, and his fantasy value will likely be determined on how many times he can find the end zone in the regular season. Hunter Henry is expected to be used more than Gates, but both will be on the field.

Gates had 5 catches for 55 yards and one touchdown in season finale.

TE Antonio Gates reached the milestone that was his stated goal all season, to tie or break the all-time TD Reception leader at the tight end position, Tony Gonzalez (111). It happened in the second quarter on a two-yard dig route, and is obviously a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering he reached 111 touchdowns in three less seasons than Gonzalez. Gates has said he’ll return next season and will certainly surpass this total, despite being the expected second-option behind Hunter Henry. All in all it was a very good season for the 36-year-old Gates, who finished the year with 53 receptions for 548 yards and seven touchdowns. He will be borderline draft able in 2017 fantasy, with the emergence of Hunter Henry likely putting a dent in his production.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates says that he intends on continuing his career in 2017.

The future Hall of Famer Gates doesn't want to go out on a losing note. Gates said that he still feels like he can play, is having fun, and still loves to compete. The Chargers have been hit with a ton of injuries this season, and they are a team that should improve in 2017 with Philip Rivers at quarterback and (hopefully) the team being healthier. The Chargers should—and likely will—welcome Gates back to the team, even if it's a reduced role behind current rookie tight end Hunter Henry.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates had 8 catches on 13 targets for 94 yards in a Week 16 loss to Cleveland.

The record chase is on full display as the future Hall of Fame tight end is now within one touchdown of tying Tony Gonzalez for the most all-time at the position, with one game left to do it this season. Gates was Mr. Reliable today against the Browns, leading the team in targets with 13. The Chargers ran a play designed for him to score near the goal line, which he did so successfully in the 1st quarter. And the first guy to celebrate with him was the TE of the future for the Chargers, Hunter Henry. It seems to be clear that the goal is to get Antonio Gates the record, and a huge part of the gameplan could be set up for Gates next week in order to reach this milestone with the Chargers out of playoff contention. There is a selflessness on this Charger team, and no one will be unhappy to see their potential targets go the way of #85 on this (expected to be) the final game of his career.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Gates had one catch for 11 yards on two targets in a Week 15 loss to Oakland.

Things are coming down to the wire in the race to catch Tony Gonzalez. He was unable to reach the endzone (he remains 2 TDss away from all-time record for a TE), and was hardly a facctor in the game. He is worth rostering this week against Cleveland, who has been the worst defense all year against opposing TEs. We can imagine Rivers targeting Gates a ton all day as ideally he would like to give the future Hall of Fame player the chance to break the record in Week 17 at home. So a couple of touchdowns is certainly a possibility for Gates on Christmas Eve against the Browns. He'll be a TE1.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates had five catches for 61 yards in a week 14 loss at Carolina.

His nine targets led the team, and his five catches included a 27 yard circus-style grab in the 2nd quarter that kept a scoring drive going. While unable to reach the endzone (he remains two TDs away from all-time TD leading TE Tony Gonzalez), Gates was looked at early and often by Philip Rivers. Gates looks healthy and as reliable as ever, if a bit heavier. He is worth rostering the final three weeks of the season, if only because of the stated goal by his QB that he break the all-time record for touchdowns by a tight end. He's a TE1 next week against Oakland.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates had four catches for 37 yards against Tampa Bay.

After a touchdown in three straight games, Gates has slowed down the last two weeks. He'll try to bounce-back against a Panthers team that is very vulnerable against tight ends. Gates will be a back-end TE1 for that game.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Antonio Gates held out of the box score for Week 12.

He did not catch a pass and was not targeted. Houston has done a nice job against tight ends this season, but Hunter Henry did score for the Chargers. Still, Gates is sure to be better against the Bucs next week and remains a TE1.

Antonio Gates | Retired TE

Gates scores for third consecutive week.

He had four catches for 63 yards and a TD against the Dolphins. Gates has gotten in a groove recently, and is a back-end TE1 as Rivers' reliable target.