San Diego Chargers' tight end Antonio Gates just got awarded with a five-year extension worth over $36 million.
Good, he's earned it. As one of the top tight ends in the league and for a tight end pretty much acts like a receiver, it seems like he would deserve more than that.
Well, at least he isn't complaining like Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson.
But according to ESPN.com Insider, McNeill's complaining will be no more. He could be next in line with a contract followed by Jackson and Shawne Merriman.
But after hearing the latest comments from A.J. Smith, it may not be a while until they get their contracts.
"Marcus, Vincent and their agents have made their business decision," Smith said June 9, per the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It is their right to do so. We will adjust, move on and get ready for the upcoming season."
Well, it's been over a month since that comment was made, so we can expect a deal soon.
I can see them getting a deal before the regular season starts because there's no use at all for any of them holding out.
Shawn Dhani is a beat writer for the San Diego Chargers. You can see more of his work at footbasket.com.