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Gates most recently played for the XFL's Houston Roughnecks, accumulating 32 tackles, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble and an interception through five games. His 32 tackles tied for eighth-most in the league. A native of Georgia, Gates previously signed with the Washington Redskins during the 2019 offseason in April and was released later that year in June. Prior to Washington, he played for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football and led the AAF with 52 tackles and five forced fumbles through eight weeks. After going undrafted in 2018, Gates signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent and was released during OTAs. He played at Ole Miss from 2014 to 2017 and led the team in tackles his final three seasons. As a senior, he became the first Rebels player to record more than 100 tackles since five-time NFL All-Pro Patrick Willis accomplished the feat in 2006. Gates' 70 solo tackles were tops in the SEC and 13th-most in the country in 2017.