"He's a stud, man," said Gates, who came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie in 2003 after starring in basketball at Kent State. "It's self-explanatory with him. He was the No. 1 tight end coming out of college and now he's been able to be productive in the NFL. It just gives that added dimension of what he can do from an offensive standpoint."
"I've been blessed my whole career to be with one team," Gates said in a statement released by the team. "It's always good to get it out of the way. The goal is to win a championship. We all are human and it becomes a distraction even though you might not want it to be. It's always great to be able to go ahead and do what you need to do and get it out of the way."