Antonio Gates Responds To Tom Brady Joining Chargers
Antonio Gates responded to Tom Brady joining the Chargers this week.
Brady is currently an unrestricted free agent and rumors have been running rampant for months that he will leave the New England Patriots.
If he does ultimately depart, the organization he has been most frequently linked to has been the Chargers.
Recently, TMZ caught up with legendary Chargers tight end Antonio Gates outside the Bootsy Bellows nightclub to get his take on Brady to LA.
“I heard that he might come out here and bless us with his presence,” Gates said.
“And if he does that, that would be a great sight to see in L.A.”
The Chargers’ previous quarterback, Philip Rivers, is also a free agent this year. Thus far LA brass has offered little indication that they want him back.
Rivers was said to have not been particularly enthused about the Chargers’ move from San Diego to Los Angeles, and refused to relocate his family. Instead he simply commuted to work every week.
That lack of connection with the new fan base coupled with Rivers’ declining production has only emboldened people who want to see Brady join the Chargers.
“If [Brady] comes here, I’m gonna be a big fan,” Gates continued.
Earlier this week, Gates announced that he was retiring from the NFL after a legendary 16-year career.
The future Hall of Famer earned eight Pro Bowl nods, five All-Pro nods, and holds the record for the most career scores at his position.
If Brady does ultimately end up in Los Angeles, Gates sadly will not have the opportunity to play with him.