December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) during warmups prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Should Trade TE Antonio Gates

This won’t rub a lot of San Diego Chargers fans the right way. Some people will even look at it as a lost season, but…

THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS SHOULD TRADE ANTONIO GATES!

Some fans would rather have the greats ride off in the sunset just wearing one jersey. That’s awesome and all but when players start to show their age and slow down, then it is better to get rid of them a little too early rather than too late. The time to trade Antonio Gates is now.

We all get pissed off at players when they bolt out of town for a ton of dough and they show no loyalty. It is not about loyalty, it is about business. This game is a business. It is good business practice to get some value out of Antonio Gates now, rather than watch him deteriorate on the field. It doesn’t seem like he has much left in the tank, but there sure would be teams that would have interest.

Where do we trade him? The Cleveland Browns!

Antonio Gates went to college out in Ohio and there are a few coaches out that way that know a little about our boy Antonio. Head Coach Rob Chudzinski was the tight ends coach in San Diego when Gates was ripping the league to shreds. We all know about the Norvous one in Cleveland as well. Cleveland has room under the cap and a young quarterback would love to have an outlet like Gates over the middle of the field.

Trading Gates would probably create another hole on the roster, but that could be patched up with a little Randy McMichael and a lot more Ladarius Green. I am sure Philip Rivers wouldn’t be thrilled about the idea, but when we use that extra draft pick and extra cap space to keep him standing straight, then he can’t complain.

Trade Antonio Gates.

UPDATE: Check out @Bolts88 comments who showed me that trading Gates now saves NOTHING in salary cap and would be straight ridiculous to get rid of him now. Continue with the crapping on me, I know most of you still love me.

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