NFL free agency news: Chargers reach agreement with Antonio Gates

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Antonio Gates (Getty Images)

Antonio Gates’ time away from the Chargers was short-lived.

Los Angeles announced Sunday they have agreed to terms on a contract with the 15-year veteran tight end.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

News of the signing comes after fellow tight end Hunter Henry was placed on the physically unable to perform list after suffering an ACL injury in May that many thought would be season-ending.

Gates, 38, signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. The team informed him in April they would not be bringing him back in 2018, but opted to re-sign him ahead of the start of the regular season.

He took on a reduced role with the team last season, logging 30 catches for 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection is the all-time franchise leader in receptions (927), receiving yards (11,508) and touchdowns (114). Those 114 receiving touchdowns are also the most by a tight end in NFL history.

The Chargers are slated to open the season at home Sunday against the Chiefs.