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Tight end Antonio Gates will not return to LA Chargers

Tight end Antonio Gates will not return to the Los Angeles Chargers, ending the 15-year tenure of the most prolific pass-catcher in franchise history.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed the team's decision Friday night after the second day of the NFL draft.

The Chargers had waited to make any announcement on Gates' future because they weren't sure whether he intended to attempt to join another team for a 16th NFL season this fall. Gates has spent his entire career with the Chargers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

"Antonio is not only one of the best Chargers of all time, he's one of the best football players in the history of...

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