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Old 08-09-2005   #1
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So, the Chargers clearly have all the leverage. They're holding a royal flush to Gates' pair of deuces. But the advantage could be short-lived.

If the sides fail to agree on a multiyear deal and Gates has another All-Pro season, two things could happen, neither of which would be particularly appealing to the Chargers.

First, they could lose Gates. Executives for two clubs privately acknowledged in recent weeks that they'd be willing to surrender first-and third-round draft picks the maximum compensation for a restricted free agent to acquire Gates. Their feeling is that Gates is young (25) and talented (he set a league record for tight ends with 13 touchdown catches last season) and lacks the wear and tear of other players his age because he did not play football in college.

I would not be the least bit surprised if one of those teams was the Texans.

We need a TE, and we acquired an extra 3rd in next years draft. We have shown a willingness in the past to trade away extra picks for a player we beleive will help us.. explaining it away as, "getting something for nothing".. because we still retained our original picks.

I could definatly see us making the deal of our 1st and 3rd for Gates, and drafting an LT in the second.

So.. it may be worth keeping an eye on.. to see if Gates repeats his performance from last year.. and if the Chargers manage to sign him to a long term deal.
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I would not be the least bit surprised if one of those teams was the Texans.
I dunno....thats a lot for any player, especially a TE. But this guy is certainly
no ordinary TE and only 25. The thing is, even with a very good draft next year for offensive tackles, can you hope to get one of the really good ones
after the first round ? But its not unusual to find a TE on the Board in the second round. Of course a rookie would be a risk that an established player
in the league like the Chargers guy wouldn't be. Lot of pros and cons.
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After he left Kent State, and was told by scouts that he was a "tweener" to make the NBA, he has shown nothing but brilliance in the NFL. Chargers would be crazy to let him get away now, since he led all tight ends in receptions, yards, and touchdowns last year.
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Tony Gonzalez had 294 more yards and 21 more receptions than Gates last year.
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