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The Los Angeles Chargers kick off the 2018 season at home taking on division rival Kansas City Chiefs. Last year’s AFC West division champion is currently riding an 8-game winning streak against Philip Rivers and co. This is a new year and new teams on both sides http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/joey-bosa-jersey , however.The Chargers have finally constructed an offensive line that can be expected to both protect Rivers and open up holes in the running game. The defense while missing Joey Bosa has received an infusion of athleticism in the form of Kyzir White and Derwin James. And on the other side of the field, the Chiefs no longer have their veteran signal caller Alex Smith and are instead starting Patrick Mahomes who will be playing in just his second NFL game. The Chiefs also traded away their star cornerback Marcus Peters in a deal that left them weaker this year.Still, Andy Reid is one of the more innovative coaches in the league and he has had the whole offseason to come up with new wrinkles that have not yet been committed to tape, so the Chargers will have their hands full today. Hopefully, we will get a different result from the last four years.Go Chargers!The Chargers Aren’t Actually That Interested in Antonio Gates In the wake of Hunter Henry’s devastating ACL injury on the first day of offseason team activities, it was prognosticated that the Chargers would have no choice but to bring back tight end Antonio Gates. That was two months ago.Gates remains unsigned and, largely, uncourted by any NFL teams.The Chargers have been the only team that has given any indication of interest in Gates’ services.These comments, however http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/jahleel-addae-jersey , might have been smoke without fire.Antonio Gates is a Chargers legend.He has fans and he has records, and the Chargers would not be so tone deaf as to not comment on his possible return to the team.In June, team GM Tom Telesco wrote the following during a live chat on Chargers.com:This statement was a perfect blend of ego-brushing and non-commitment, the kind that GMs are hired for and expected to excel at to keep rumors alive but agents wondering.There have been a few more comments, very much identical in substance and tone, but no real news has hit regarding the Chargers tight end plans for 2018.Make no mistake— the Chargers need help at TE.Hunter Henry was their future and their current plan, and those plans just received a nasty ACL monkey wrench to mess up the works.However, if we step back and look a little, this might actually be the Chargers being prudent.Antonio Gates is a legend http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/dan-feeney-jersey , but legends are told after the fact.Gates has been largely a non-factor through his most recent 2-year contract.He received about 5.5 million per year through that extension, or $10,036 per yard in 2016 and $17,207 per yard in 2017.Signing Antonio Gates is only helpful in adding a little bit more depth to a stressed position and selling more merchandise at the team store.With a current cap room at 8.5 million, the Chargers actually have the upper hand.They could give Gates whatever it is that he is asking for— no doubt that the Bolts are negotiating more toward the veteran minimum of just over 1 million for a player of his stature.Gates is no doubt aiming closer to his last payday; I would assume around 4 million.It’s become a game of chicken, very much in the spirit of what the Steelers are experiencing with their star RB’s franchise deal.The difference is that the Chargers have a whole lot more flexibility, as their entire offense does not center around this hole in the TE chart.As the clock ticks down toward the regular season, one of the sides will blink.I’m sure that the Chargers would love to have Gates back for 1 or 2 million—that’s basically a steal.Antonio Gates will have to decide if the toll on his body is worth playing at a discount compared to what he’s used to.- Jason “Tight Pockets” Michaels