Chiefs expected to sign WR Sammy Watkins to 3-year, $48M deal

Carrie Guzman
March 13, 2018

Rapoport says the deal will be worth $16 million per year for three years, with $30 million guaranteed.

Watkins essentially turned into a one-year rental that cost the Rams a second-round pick this year. He had three or fewer catches in 12 of 15 games this past season for the Rams, who elected to place the non-exclusive franchise tag last week on safety Lamarcus Joyner.

After being selected fourth overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins hasn't quite lived up to the hype as he has dealt with several injuries throughout his first four years.

The Colts said they were going to be very selective in free agency, which starts Wednesday, but it seems they have been in the mix for a few of the top options in the market.

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And he's a fantastic fit for the Chiefs, who now have a bunch of field stretchers on their versatile offense. He also fits the bill of a taller, faster receiver which the Chiefs have been looking for to pair with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs have a game-changing player in Tyreek Hill as well as one of the best tight ends in the league in Travis Kelce.

It is not the first time Reid's dabbled in free agency and/or spent big when it comes to wideouts either.

Watkins led Los Angeles with eight receiving touchdowns despite reeling in just 39 catches for 593 yards.

It's been an offseason of overhaul for the Chiefs.

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