Antonio Gates Says Chargers Are Super Bowl Contenders, Unsure About Rodgers' Jets

Antonio Gates LOVES his former team’s Super Bowl chances — telling TMZ Sports he thinks the Chargers have a real shot to take home the Lombardi Trophy this year!!!

But, when it comes to Aaron Rodgers‘ Jets … the future Hall of Famer says he ain’t feeling it quite as much.

The ex-Bolts tight end talked ball with us for several minutes at LAX this week … and he made it clear, he loves the way Los Angeles maneuvered around the draft last month.

In fact, he said he believes the Chargers’ pickups — which included TCU star receiver Quentin Johnston, USC edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu and Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley — set them up nicely for a potential championship run this year.

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“When you think about a Super Bowl-contending team, you think about your stars at the quarterback position. And we’ve got one of the best in the league,” Gates said of Justin Herbert. “And then you talk about upgrading that defense … to me, those are recipes to winning a Super Bowl, man.”

As for one of the teams the Chargers would have to get through in the AFC to make it to the Big Game, Gates doesn’t seem to be buying the hype in New York — despite the Jets’ recent acquisition of Rodgers.

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The 42-year-old told us they have a talented roster … but he’d be concerned if he were a Jets fan about chemistry and continuity.

“You can have the right players — from a talent standpoint, you can have the best talent in the league,” Gates said. “But if you ain’t got the continuity or the chemistry, man, it don’t make a difference.”

There’s more … Gates also talked with us about the tight end G.O.A.T. debate — and check out the clip, he had some big praise for Travis Kelce.

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