Winslow’s deal could mean big bucks for Gates

The Chargers have made extending TE Antonio Gates‘ contract one of their top priorities this offseason. And that has become a little bit more expensive in the wake of Kellen Winslow II‘s six-year, $36.1 million contract extension with the Buccaneers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gates, one of the top tight ends in the NFL, has the most touchdowns of any player at the position over the last five years. He is signed through the 2010 season.

The Chargers also would like to extend QB Philip Rivers‘ contract, but again, that likely will be expensive because Eli Manning is expected to receive a huge deal from the Giants. Rivers’ deal likely would exceed $100 million, according to the Union-Tribune.

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