Sammy Watkins Rumors: Packers, Bears, Chiefs Pursuing WR in Free Agency

Ross Houston
March 13, 2018

The Chiefs and free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins agreed to a three-year contract, according to multiple reports. Watkins' average salary of $16m per year makes him the NFL's third highest paid wide receiver behind Antonio Brown ($17m) and Mike Evans ($16.5m), who signed a five-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

The wide receiver reeled in just 39 catches for 593 yards previous year in Los Angeles, but still managed to be a threat in the red zone with eight touchdowns.

Since he came into the National Football League in 2014, Watkins is fourth in yards per reception (15.9) among players with 100 or more catches in that span. 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.

He finished the 2017 season with 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.

Perhaps only now, in his absence, will the Rams learn the true value of receiver Sammy Watkins. That's unfortunate, and not the way they planned it, although the Rams likely will receive a compensatory third-round draft pick in 2019 for the loss of Watkins to free agency. Watkins will join Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt in what has the potential to be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.

Two years later the Chiefs would snag Reid's old pal Jeremy Maclin when he became a free agent, inking the former Eagles wideout to a $55 million deal, only to cut him two years later.

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