Antonio Gates to Finish NFL Career with Chargers

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Tight End Antonio Gates speaks with the press after the first day of 2015 mini camp. Photo by Chris Stone

Longtime Chargers tight end Antonio Gates signed a deal Wednesday to keep him in San Diego, according to multiple sources.

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The 14-year veteran has said before he wants to finish his career with the Chargers, and this two-year deal will likely make that come to fruition.

Gates released a statement on Twitter shortly after the deal was completed.

“My intentions have always been to retire in San Diego,” Gates said. “No place I’d rather be.”

Gates has caught 844 passes for 10644 yards and 104 touchdowns, all Chargers records, since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

He will have ample time to break the record for touchdowns by a tight end, which Tony Gonzalez holds with 110 in his illustrious career.

Gates needs to reach the end zone seven times to etch his name in the NFL record books.

He scored five touchdowns in 11 games during the 2015 season.

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