Dec 31, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) reacts during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates is coming off the least productive season of his career. The 37-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler caught 30 passes for 316 yards for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017.

Set to become a free agent in March, the Chargers are not sure if Gates will return to the team in 2018.

“We’ll probably let some time go a little bit after the season I’ll sit down with Antonio and just kind of talk to him and see what his thoughts are, what he’s thinking and see where our thoughts are and what we’re thinking,” general manager Tom Telesco told NBC7 in San Diego (h/t Pro Football Talk).

Gates was surpassed by young tight end Hunter Henry on the Chargers’ depth chart this  season. While it’s highly unlikely the future Hall of Famer would even look to suit up for another team after spending 15 seasons with the Chargers, stranger things have happened.

It’s more likely that he might just decide to retire if the two sides don’t see their marriage continuing next season.

Gates broke the NFL touchdown mark for tight ends back in September and is currently in the top 20 among all NFL players in career receptions. He’s surely a first ballot Hall of Famer, no matter what transpires between him and the Chargers over the next several weeks.

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