After much speculation that he would stay in Los Angeles after the Rams drastically changed their defense with trades this off-season, it proved to be not enough for wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
The now former Rams’ wideout has agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs as of Tuesday, with $30 million guaranteed.
The top free agent receiver is off the market: The #Chiefs are planning to sign WR Sammy Watkins to a 3-year deal, sources say. KC’s offense lands a huge weapon.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
The Chiefs, who also landed former Cowboys’ linebacker Anthony Hitchens, are the winners of free agency in many insider’s eyes so far. The addition of Watkins gives new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes another weapon to work with going into next season. Along side Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt, the Kansas City offense should be just as deadly as last season.
In his four years in the league, Watkins has been impressive on the field, catching 192 receptions for just over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Rams’ acquired Watkins from the Bills via trade in August, and while he only caught 39 receptions for 593 yards for L.A in 2017, he did rack up eight touchdowns.
This signing further proves the Chiefs are committed to winning under Andy Reid. Expect them to make another impressive performance next season as they look to make another run to the Super Bowl.