The San Diego Chargers may have brought down the Denver Broncos though it remains to be seen if several players like Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers will be around for long. It was a breakthrough win for the Chargers who ended a two-year drought against the Super Bowl 50 champs.
While the victory was something to savor, it needed wise plays in the end to secure. Mike McCoy has been criticized for failing to hold on until the end despite being competitive. The win somehow placed McCoy on safe waters, for now, ESPN reported.
With McCoy drawing heat, could players be under the radar as well? At least two players could be on the trading block – Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates – both possibly with different fates.
Philip Rivers Staying, Antonio Gate Exiting?
Rivers has been holding fort quarterbacking the Chargers and with no amiable replacement, for now, rumors surrounding his possible trade are shallow. But the case differs immensely for Antonio Gates with Hunter Henry.
Henry was the Chargers second round draft pick of the Chargers during the 2016 NFL Draft and has proven himself with the window of opportunity given to him. With Gates sidelined, Henry proved his stock with more snaps so far compared to the 36-year-old veteran.
Antonio Gates has spent his entire career with the Chargers though Father Time is fast catching up. Regardless, he has proven that he can still produce. But with a younger successor in Henry, he could be making a bee-line to the exit soon.
Gates is in the final year of his contract and could likely find himself donning a new uniform next season. There are several teams likely to try and get him to their fold such as the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL Trade deadline is happening this Nov. 1 with Gates possibly moving. There is no indication for now that the Chargers will be making a move though a Gates trade could happen, FanSided reported.