Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chargers extend Gates through 2015. Mcneil and Jackson next?

The Chargers took care of one of their own today, signing All-Pro Tight End Antonio Gates to a new deal that keeps him in blue and gold through 2015.  Gates' contract was due to expire at the end of the 2010 season.

According to Chris Mortenson of ESPN, the deal calls for Gates to average $7.235 million a year, with approximately $20 million guaranteed.

Gates made his sixth Pro Bowl last season, with 1157 yards on 79 receptions.  He found his way into the end zone 8 times, helping the Chargers to an AFC West title.  Not bad for a guy who played basketball in college.

Kevin says:  Let this be a lesson to the current Charger holdouts;  Keep your mouth shut, play hard, and you will get paid.  Antonio Gates is one of the best Tight Ends to ever play the game, and this deal gets him closer to wrapping up a possible Hall of Fame career in San Diego.

According to various reports, Marcus McNeil is next up for a deal.  Hopefully the Chargers can get all their stars in camp, because a Super Bowl run is not out of the question.  That run will be near impossible without McNeil and Vincent Jackson.

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