Tight end Antonio Gates did not report and sign a contract by 12:30 pm today. The Chargers and Gatesï¿½ agent Andre Colona negotiated throughout the morning but could not reach an agreement on years or compensation. At this point, Gates does not feel comfortable in signing the teamï¿½s tender offer and going back to work.
As a result, Gates will be placed on a Roster Exempt list and will not play in the first three games following the date he signs with the team. Currently he will miss the games versus Minnesota (Aug. 26), San Francisco (Sept. 1) and the season opener versus Dallas (Sept. 11).
The Chargers are disappointed Gates will miss the season opener versus Dallas, but remain hopeful of reaching an agreement soon.
:lol:Midswat said:As a Cowboys fan . . . I just wanted to thank you for suspending Antonio Gates for our week 1 game.
Its been a few years since we've won our opener, so this will be a nice change!
I agree. We have more than enough weapons. Ryan Krause and Justin Peele will fill in nicely. :good:ChargerBoy#9 said:We don't NEED A. Gates to win. It's not like our whole offense is built around him. We have great TE's in Ryan Krause, and Justin Peele who runs near perfect routes...complimented by great hands. We'll be fine with out him for one game. We still have LT...and if you didn't see him agains the Rams...you should watch out.
LT is as fast as he's ever been. Watch out Dallas.