Michael Gehlken of the Union Tribune reports that the Chargers are expected to meet with TE Antonio Gates‘ agent, Tom Condon, at the Scouting Combine next week.
Gehlken adds that it remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to get an agreement in place on a new deal, but it’s certainly not out of the question.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirmed that they plan to meet with his agent regarding a possible extension.
“We’ll talk to Tom Condon in a little more detail in Indy, and we’ll talk to Ladarius’s guy in Indy as well,” Telesco said. “It’s February, and we’ve got until September to get the position together the best way we see fit. So, we’ll see. Through our own players, through free agency and through the draft, we’ll see.”
Gates has said previously that he would “love to finish my career” as a member of the Chargers.
“I’d love to finish my career here,” said Gates. “I know one thing: we’re going to fight despite whatever we’re going through. We’ll see how it goes.”
Gates, 36, will be an unrestricted free agent after completing a five-year, $36.1 million deal that he signed in 2010.
In 2015, Gates appeared in 11 games, accumulating 56 receptions for 630 yards and five touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.