NFL analyst thinks Seahawks should sign Antonio Gates
The Seattle Seahawks are trying to find any way possible to improve their roster for the 2019 season. Could signing Antonio Gates inch the Seahawks closer to catching the Los Angeles Rams? A certain NFL analyst believes adding Gates would be beneficial to Seattle.
In an article by Khristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, he thinks that Seattle should consider signing Gates from free agency. Knox reasons by saying Gates can be a receiving threat for a team like the Seahawks who have a chance to win it all.
Gates, 39, is at the back end of his career and would be more of a short-yardage/red-zone target than a field-stretcher. However, he is still a savvy veteran whom opposing defenses would have to account for. Though he said he would like to return to the Chargers, Seattle is a team that could provide him with a chance to chase a ring before retirement.
Gates is entering his 17th season in the NFL after spending his first 16 seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. Last year, Gates had just 28 receptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers are his lowest since his rookie season in 2003.
Currently, the Seahawks plan on using a committee of Nick Vannett and Will Dissly at the tight end position. Adding a veteran to that group could prove to be beneficial. Gates can’t do the same things he used to, but he could still be a valuable threat in certain situations.
At 39-years old, Gates is hoping to still play again in the NFL, and maybe the Seahawks would be wise to consider signing the future Hall-of-Fame tight end.