Gates signs as a red zone only player. You get inside the red zone, put in Antonio Gates and have him catch jump balls. Then he goes back and sits down. He doesn’t block, he doesn’t lineup for long 10 play drives. He’s like a closer in baseball. He comes in and catches touchdowns in the red zone.
He’s arguably one of the greatest pass-catching tight ends of all-time. He could do that job today if you called him out of the stands to do it. He’s guaranteed to catch 10 touchdowns a season that way in the XFL.