Antonio Gates is coming back for another season.
Oh, the most Gates will outright commit to is that he’s leaning that way. But everything he says indicates the tight end’s Hall of Fame induction will be delayed a year.
This revelation is perhaps a silver lining for a franchise slogging through 3-10 season.
“I don’t want to go out this kind of way,” Gates said Sunday night. “I don’t want to go out as a loser. Winning is the way, ideally, you want to go out. … I want to make one more run at it, and then if it doesn’t work, be like, ‘OK.’ That’s just my feeling right now.”
Officially, Gates said he will take a month or so after the season to critically assess his own desire and ability, as well as how the Chargers are moving forward.