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They just said Gates is reporting to camp on Sunday...they are not sure what that will change about the suspension and all but if the Chargers are smart they will let him play!

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I found it - thanks

 

 

Gates to report to Chargers Sunday, his agent says

 

 

 

 

 

By Kevin Acee

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

 

2:44 p.m. August 20, 2005

 

SAN DIEGO – All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates will report Sunday to the Chargers, his agent said Saturday afternoon.

After a morning of negotiations between agent Andre Colona and the team, the sides were no closer in agreement on the length or monetary details of a contract, and Gates missed the team's 12:30 p.m. deadline Saturday to report.

 

The team promptly issued a statement saying Gates would be placed on the Roster Exempt List when he reported, which the team says means he will miss the Sept. 11 season opener against Dallas.

 

A player on the list must miss three games after he reports. According to the "NFL Management Handbook," however, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue could lift the exemption sooner than the usual three games.

 

"Antonio and I believe (the Chargers) backed themselves into a corner," Colona said. "No one said Antonio wasn't going to report. For them to impose the roster exemption and say he had to miss games, they didn't have to do that.

 

"Our interpretation is they could call the commissioner and request he lift the roster exemption. The big issue is if Antonio reports, is San Diego going to punish its fans and Antonio and his teammates by not requesting the commissioner lift the exemption."

 

Gates could sign the team's one-year tender offer of $380,000, which is all the Chargers are required to give him as a third-year player. In that case, Gates would be able to negotiate with other teams in the offseason, with the caveat that the Chargers could match any offer Gates receives.

 

Gates wants to be paid on par with Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez and Baltimore's Todd Heap. Gonzalez, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a seven-year contract in 2002 that guaranteed him $10 million. Heap is entering his fifth season and has played in two Pro Bowls. He missed 10 games because of injury in 2004 yet signed a six-year extension in June that guaranteed him $11 million.

 

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith believes Gates deserves more than $380,000. But he does not think Gates deserves "Gonzalez money" because he is "a one-year player."

 

In Gates' second NFL season last year, he set an NFL record for tight ends with 13 touchdowns. He was the team's leader in touchdown receptions, receiving yards (964) and receptions (81).

 

Gates is willing to sign a three-year contract, which would make him eligible for free agency after the 2007 season. That does not appeal to the Chargers, who do not want to lose Gates that soon.

 

It appears the sides will agree on a six-year deal with concessions from both sides on the money, or they will not agree.

 

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Who wants to bet that they cave and he plays against the cowboys?

 

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The question is whether that's an option right now?

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The question is whether that's an option right now?

 

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Is it a league rule? I was under the impression it was just a negotiating tactic....could be wrong.

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But Colona told John Seibel and Steve Bunin on their GameNight on ESPN Radio show Gates will report Sunday. Colona added his interpretation of the rules is that commissioner Paul Tagliabue can remove the exemption if requested by the Chargers, permitting Gates to play in the season opener.

 

 

While that could be true, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith called moving Gates to the roster exempt list "irrevocable" in the team's mind.

 

 

In a statement Saturday, the Chargers said: "Tight end Antonio Gates did not report and sign a contract by 12:30 p.m. today. The Chargers and Gates' agent, Andre Colona, negotiated throughout the morning but could not reach an agreement on year or compensation. At this point, Gates does not feel comfortable in signing the team's tender offer and going back to work."

 

 

The statement said that, as a result of his failure to reach an agreement, Gates "will not play in the first three games following the date he signs with the team." It also noted: "The Chargers are disappointed Gates will miss the season opener versus Dallas but remain hopeful of reaching an agreement soon."

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They just said Gates is reporting to camp on Sunday...they are not sure what that will change about the suspension and all but if the Chargers are smart they will let him play!

 

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I disagree. They drew a line in the sand and made a stand. If they back off now and allow him to play it undermines their authority and their position.

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