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Antonio Gates among top undrafted players in NFL

No surprise to see Gates among the league's best.'s Gil Brandt ranked the top 30 undrafted players in NFL history, and it is no surprise to see Chargers tight end Antonio Gates among the best.

Gates, who will turn 36 in June and is headed into his 14th NFL season, was an undrafted rookie out of Kent State in 2003 who transitioned from basketball to football after college. He has been prolific since, with 844 receptions for 10,644 yards and 104 touchdown catches in 13 seasons. The eight-time Pro Bowler is still one of Philip Rivers' most talented and targeted threats -- particularly in the red zone -- and needs only eight touchdowns to break tight end Tony Gonzalez's record of 111 career scores for a player in that position.

Gates signed a two-year contract this past offseason, worth $12 million.

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