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…


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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  • Stefanie Smith

    Guess the Ravens did not buy into what you are saying. No trading of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, etc etc. And they won a Superbowl.

    But I do think it is time for Antonio to retire. He gets paid a lot and cannot move like he did in the past.

    • Ernie Padaon

      you got me there… you definitely got me there

    • Ernie Padaon

      …but, doesn’t it seem like we are in a youth movement?

      • RussinSactown

        Youth movement yes but does a team in a youth movement get rid of all its weapons at one time? We will likely have a new RB. Hopefully a new wideout or two. Green will get more reps since Gates is slowing up but Gates can teach Green a lot by being here.

        • Ernie Padaon

          when gates was gone, did we really miss much? We actually had a 3 TD game from a tight end while he was out.

  • Pels04

    If the Chargers are thinking about doing it, i do agree the time is now. You must trade him while there is still value. However, i think he still has a couple years left and i would like to see him stay. Last year he said he feels better than he has the last 4 seasons and i believed him. Even Weddle said he looked like the old Gates. With the way our OL played last year i cant put his low production on him. Everyone on offense struggled last year (minus Denario). Shore up the OL and i am confident he will return to form.

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    I’m not even going to read this article. No way should we trade away Gates. Stop talking crazy Ernie!

    • Ernie Padaon

      hahahahaha… someone poisoned the waterhole

      • James P Derrick

        E , please don’t tell me you drank Novak Gatorade when you wrote this….j/k

        • ChargerGirl Cindi


    • RussinSactown

      Don’t read it. There were paint fumes involved in writing it.

  • RussinSactown

    A much better option is to keep Gates as one of PR’s targets and one that he is very familiar with and to use the accumulated knowledge to build Green’s skill set for the future. Unless we are getting one hell of a payback for helping Norv (I say let Turkey neck find his own weapons) I say no.

  • Rob Base

    Don’t tell my boys that bro!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    If Telesco considered doing this, what type of draft pick could you see coming in return? I would only do it for a early 2nd rounder and you’d also clear a nice cap chunk. I’m still hoping Rivers restructures as well.

  • Bolts88

    Trading Gates this year would cost an ADDITIONAL $225k against the cap. He still has 3 years on his deal. If he isn’t a play maker this year, next year may be the time to start the value conversation.

    • Ernie Padaon

      so… we trade him this year and we don’t save cap space at all? i cant say i am a master capologist

      • Bolts88

        If Bolts trade or cut gates this year, they save zero cap space, instead they lose an additional $225k vs the cap.

        • Ernie Padaon

          nice site for that info… but would we still have that money on us if we trade him. that doesnt transfer to the new team?

          • Bolts88

            No, dead money is stuck with the original team.

          • Ernie Padaon

            well dang…. good lookin out

          • Ernie Padaon

            good info…. so this would be straight retarded to trade him. no cap space earned. at least i learned something new… everyone else can continue crapping on me for this post. thank you

        • huskyboy

          You would save on the base salary but the bonuses count against the cap…

          • Bolts88

            What? All that matters is the cap. It’s this simple: Gates stays on the roster for 2013 he costs $6,862,500 vs the cap, Gates isn’t on the roster for 2013 he costs $7,087,500 vs the cap.

  • Brandon Rios

    This makes sense. We have Rosario and he was a good back up.

  • Pete Spinning

    Are you trying to get a rise out of me, Ernie? This is a good way to do that.. lol.

    • Ernie Padaon

      ha… some days crazy things go into my head and i just post it. this is a safe place right? NOPE… people will kill me on here

      • Pete Spinning

        Kill? No. Maim? Possibly.Lol…
        Look, I finally ponied up the cash last year to add my Gates Jersey to the collection. My reasoning behind waiting to buy jersies is to try to get the ones of players I highly respect, and that I THINK are going to stick around for a while, and / or retire on the team. I am not going to get stuck with a jersy I can’t wear, Ernie! I haven’t gotten enough use out of it yet, and I’ll be damned it I have to file it away next to the other jersy I can’t wear… cough, cough, Cromartie. So, the Chargers should NOT trade Gates, to comply with my NFL wardrobe scheme ; )

        • Ernie Padaon

          hahahaha…. @Bolts88 gave me plenty good reason why it wouldnt ever happen. at least this year :)

          • Pete Spinning

            Yeah… that saving ZERO cap space thing is a pretty good reason not to. I am not much good with the financial side of things either = /
            Also, look at Tony Gonzalez. Not saying they are the same player, but I bet the Chiefs thought the same thing about him, as well. Look at how that worked out.. geez!

  • Patrick Aure

    This is blasphemy. LOL. I say we squeeze one more year out of the guy and see how Green does this year.

    On a side note, I hope Elvis Dumervil hits the open market, weakening the Broncos, and maybe, just maybe comes to SD. Ahhhhhh. A boy can dream, right?

  • Sergio Quintero

    If they’re starting 2 rookies and Troutmann on the OLine I have hard time arguing against trading Gates. Rebuilding is like going on a diet, its good for you but damn its no fun while you’re going through it, and you better do it right because you can get stuck in it for a long while.

  • JoseSD

    If you were to ask Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry (complete BS that the Chiefs had more Pro Bowlers than wins) he’d tell you Antonio Gates still makes plays

    • Ernie Padaon


      • JoseSD

        Eric Berry was holding him all game long and Gates still made Berry his bitch

  • Ernie Padaon

    @Bolts88:disqus showed me the light… i will take this one on the chin. SIGH

    • ChargerGirl Cindi

      Wow, you are getting beat up. Did you think it was going to be this bad?

      • Ernie Padaon

        I knew it would be bad… But I woulda been able to back it up more if we saved some cap room… Oh well. Live and learn

      • Ernie Padaon

        A couple of seasons ago I said that Gates had lost a step and for murdered for it too… I look more right on that one though. I’m not afraid to go out on that limb :)

  • Stefanie Smith

    This is not supposed to be a rebuilding. We wanted to win now or at least get back to the playoffs.

    “seeing what the youngsters can do” -is for training camp and pre-season. During the regular season we are supposed to be talking about winning games and getting to the playoffs.

  • Craig Hammond

    Wow.. Disagree !

  • Stink E

    This is the dumbest article in the history of mankind. We would get no value for trading Gates. The market for older, expensive Tight Ends is not high. The draft has plenty and not everyone needs 5-7 Tight Ends like the Pats. I guess everyone has a voice these days. Lets just hush up for a while Big E.

  • blu3ny3llow

    I thought i was the only one who gets on boltbeat while intoxicated…..NO WAY we should trade Gates…….HELL NO!!!!!!!!

    • Ernie Padaon


  • Donny U

    You dont honestly think the browns would give you a first round pick for gates do you? God i hope you are not that dumb. Since we have no second what do you think you would get for him? Boldin just went for a 6 so is say our 7th is fair

  • arnie

    From the top. i understand why you would look at this option, and you don’t have to justify it asa business to write this. However, if you are basing this on his performance, over the last few seasons, consider the source

    (yes i am about to rebuke you on this)

    1) Gates injuries were not an issue until coincidently norv’s training clan arrived. not only was he asked to put on weight, but this resulted in his famous foot injuries. lost weight, foot got better. Again the training staff that could not condition players to stay healthy. this is well documented.

    2)Gates was primarily a “Red Zone Weapon”. that is when he caught most of those touchdowns, receptions, and pro-bowls. norv, decided he wanted to expand on Gates abilities, as a receiver. why? his inability to run the football was one reason. losing LT is another. and playing games with VJ was the last. you see a good running game forced the DB to make decision, come down and give run support, which they could not stop anyway. and leaving one of the three, VJ, Gates and Floyd in single coverage. Or, play over the top, leave Gates mis-matched against a LB or DB, with no one to cover LT from the backfield. See the difficulty?

    3) With no run game. No deep threat. It became simple, take away Gates, and you stop the Chargers. Teams did that for two seasons, and norv just let them. so norv’s answer? don’t throw to gates as much. Yes, you all saw the games. Gates had two catches in a game. TWO. and now we all jump on the bandwagon of, ” his skills have diminished…he’s only got a few good seasons left in him, we should trade him,…blah, blah, blah…”.

    4) Context. before we start looking at Gates as the issue, ( like the Trade Rivers article) lets look at this logically. The Chargers got rid of the inefficient training staff. fired the inept HC, and sent the egotistical GM packing. the only thing Gates contributed to his “decline” is getting older and i’d say that was is only 15% of the contributing factors. the other 85% was sent packing.
    Gates did not forget how to play football at a hight level. And PR did not become turnover machine over night. they both had help.
    and now, they have help to return them to their pro-bowl winning ways.


  • Gardiner G-Mo Young

    what a stupid stupid post!!!

  • boltup1986