The NFL’s best tight ends, No. 9: Antonio Gates, Chargers
In the last two years, Gates has been out of shape, served a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and sprained his MCL. He also turned 36 in June, making him something of an ageless wonder. Gates has definitely lost speed and mobility over time, but his hands remain stellar. The Chargers drafted Arkansas product Hunter Henry in the second round this spring as the heir apparent to Gates, but that doesn’t mean Gates is ready for his swan song just yet.