Sammy Watkins to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are looking to take advantage of the arm talent of new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes III, by using Watkins to stretch the field vertically.

Kahron Spearman

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who played last season with the Los Angeles Rams, will sign a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs once officially free agency opens on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The agreement is worth $48 million with a whopping $30 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Dianna Russini. It's a great commitment to a player with a decorated injury history, including broken bones in his feet.

The Rams desire to keep Watkins around likely pushed his market. Watkins' $30 million guaranteed sits at fifth-most among receivers, and the $16 million average is fourth-most at the position. The huge money is a lot for a 600-yard receiver with an injury history, but the Chiefs hedged by keeping the deal short.

Still only 24 years old, Watkins showed the ability to stay healthy throughout a season during 2017. He concluded the season with just 39 catches for 593 yards, with eight touchdowns - as a third option in a Todd Gurley-led offense.

He provides a dangerous vertical threat for quarterback Patrick Mahomes III, on an explosive team that already has the blazing Tyreek Hill, running back Kareem Hunt, and All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.


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