4. Hunter Henry: 23 years, 7 months
Exactly one week older than King, Hunter Henry has a chance to be the Chargers’ starting tight end for many years to come. And the team knows a little something about that, having had Antonio Gates for the past decade and a half.
Though Henry likely won’t play a snap for the Chargers this coming season due to tearing his ACL back in May, fans should still be highly optimistic about what his future holds. He has the potential to be one of the game’s best tight ends for a good chunk of time.
He showed a little bit of that last year as he caught 45 passes for 579 yards and in two seasons, he’s already found the end zone 12 times. He was expected to be a huge part of the offense in 2018, but that isn’t going to pan out.
Henry tore his ACL but through rehab, he’ll be just like new next season. His great pair of hands isn’t going anywhere and his ability to aid as a blocker will still be present as well. It’s going to be tough to go an entire season without this young stud, but the future is bright at the tight end position.
If it wasn’t, the Chargers likely would have made more of an effort to keep Gates around, but at 38 years old, he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of the youth movement most teams prefer to build around.