<strong>August 2, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/football/stories/PE_Sports_Local_D_chargers_notes_02.e22fa79.html">The Press-Enterprise</a>
<img src="/images/antonio.jpg" class="left" alt="Antonio Gates" title="Antonio Gates" />The sides are still talking in the Antonio Gates negotiations, but the Pro Bowl tight end remains unsigned and not in training camp while seeking a salary among the best for his position as a third-year player.
"There's nothing new," General Manager A. J. Smith said. "We're still banging away and hoping for the best."
The process is like playing poker, said wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who went through it last year with Tampa Bay and didn't put on a uniform until mid-October, after the Bucs had traded him to the Chargers.
"Everybody's situation is a little different, but only you can know if you're doing the right thing," McCardell said. "I understood that very quickly. You have to live with the consequences of what you do, and you've got to be strong.
"It's kind of like when you're playing poker. If you push all your chips in, you've got to be able to go the distance. When you make that decision (to hold out), you're basically pushing all of your chips in."
McCardell demonstrated he could overcome the inactivity, catching five passes for 65 yards in his Chargers debut at Carolina on Oct. 24 after just three practice days.
"I told him he was going to ruin this for all coaches," Schottenheimer said. "Guys all over the league are going to say they don't need to go to training camp or off-season practices."
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There was no update on third-year offensive tackle Courtney Van Buren, who missed his fourth straight day of drills with a sore right knee.
Schottenheimer maintains all positions are open going into training camp, although you can probably figure that some are less open than others. LaDainian Tomlinson's, for example. But the philosophy dates back to his days as a player in the late 1960s. "I walked into camp and was immediately told I was a backup," he said. "I didn't like that."
The Chargers practice today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the first night practice of camp. Players will sign autographs from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Parking for the night session is only available on Murphy Canyon Road and at the PS Business Center adjacent to Chargers Park. For the morning session, as for all other weekday workouts, shuttle buses will run from the Qualcomm Stadium parking lots.