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The Way We Hear It

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL/AFC/AFC+West/San+Diego/WWHI/default.htm" target="_blank">Pro Football Weekly</a>

    Antonio Gates' decision to put his signature on a new six-year contract came about largely because he thought the risk of playing this season at $380,000 and possibly getting injured before becoming a restricted free agent outweighed the chance he might have struck it rich in the 2006 free-agent market. Gates is due to make $10-11 million in bonuses and salary over the first two years of the deal, leaving him behind only Todd Heap, Tony Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow in terms of guaranteed money at the TE position. Gates' agent, Andre Colona, had been leaning toward Gates playing out the season so other teams could create a bidding war, but ultimately, that is where their opinions differed. Colona did not accompany Gates to a meeting with Chargers general manager A.J. Smith on Aug. 22 and, after citing a mutual understanding, the two sides agreed on the new deal less than a day later. It was basically the same numbers that were on the table prior to Gates missing the deadline to sign his one-year tender. Smith did not back down from his decision to place Gates on the roster exempt list, which will keep him out of San Diego's regular-season opener, but Smith was more than content they were able to retain his services long-term without overspending for a third-year player.

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