Chargers Sign Antonio Gates To 5-Year Extension

The Chargers announced today that Antonio Gates has agreed to terms on a 5-year contract extension that keeps the all-pro tight end in San Diego through the 2015.

“Antonio is a special player and person. He is everything we are looking for in a Chargers player,” said General Manager A.J. Smith. “His talent and contributions to our team speak for themselves. His work ethic and desire to be the best are unmatched. He has been a major part of the success we have had over the past several years, and we are thrilled he will continue to be with us for years to come.”

ESPN's NFL insider Chris Mortensen has learned some of the details of the new contract, said to be worth $7.235 million per season, with $20.4 million in guaranteed money.

Gates, who turned 30 last month, has shown no signs of slowing down; battling through nagging injuries Antonio nonetheless has been a critical component to Quarterback Philip Rivers' success and indeed the success of the entire offense. With Vincent Jackson holding out for a majority of what could be his final season in San Diego, it was important for the Chargers to keep Gates in the fold, no matter the cost; Antonio Gates is now the highest paid Tight End in the National Football League.


Share your take on Antonio Gates' new deal and who you think is next in line for a contract extension in the comments section below!

July 28, 2010

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Anonymous said... Jul 28, 2010, 8:12:00 PM

Gates is the best in the game and he's getting paid like it. Bravo for the team and bravo to Gates for being unselfish and the consummate team player. There are too many guys who want to get paid top dollar but are far from being the best. This contract is well-deserved

Rick said... Jul 28, 2010, 8:31:00 PM

It's pretty interesting that the next big contract the Chargers will do is Mathews, who's never played a down in the NFL by the way, while VJ and Big Mac are left with the scraps.

Anonymous said... Jul 28, 2010, 10:22:00 PM

Mathews or McNeil? Now that Gates is signed and they know where they stand they should be ready for McNeil unless AG has given him the boot!

They are both up for big contracts (I hope they sign McNeil)

Ed said... Jul 29, 2010, 12:13:00 AM

Mc Neil has alot of back problems and neck problems. Plus he doen't have great skill in blocking in the running game. Maybe they won't sign him for big money next year. He really hasn't played to the level he once did. Don't be surprised if he is gone if he wants alot of money.

Matthew said... Jul 31, 2010, 12:15:00 PM

This gates deal is decent, but it might be an overpay. Yes, he produced and continues to do so "with no signs of slowing down." But he will slow down, and we're risking it with a long deal like this. He will be in his prime for 2 more years and then the last 3 we will be regretting it and ripping him because he will eventually become mediocre. The good GM's always trade or get rid of players one year before they come down, or else it's too late and it's a bad contract and a burden.

Matthew said... Jul 31, 2010, 12:16:00 PM

Oh, he's 30 and will be 35 at the end of this deal.

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2010, 3:36:00 PM

2 words, tony gonzalez. nuff said.

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