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Can Sammy Watkins Play to His Potential in Chiefs' Now-Loaded Offense?

Can Sammy Watkins Play to His Potential in Chiefs' Now-Loaded Offense?

The Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have agreed to terms on a contract that should be signed tomorrow, according to multiple reports.

Expectations have been high for the former Tigers star, considering Buffalo gave up future first-and fourth-round picks to trade up five positions to draft him with the No. 4 overall pick in 2014.

Watkins signed a three-year deal worth $48 million ($30 million guaranteed) while Hitchens' deal is worth $9 million per year.

Injuries plagued him in 2016, when Watkins played eight games and caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Despite playing only 13 games in 2015, Watkins pushed that number to 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine scores.

The Rams had considered using the franchise tag on Watkins, but opted instead to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner.

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Watkins provides another option for new quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will succeed Alex Smith, once Smith's trade to Washington becomes official Wednesday.

So the Rams knew Watkins would be exposed to free agency, and likely lured away with big money based on his potential.

Watkins essentially turned into a one-year rental that cost the Rams a second-round pick this year.

However, it seems the Colts were looking to add the 24-year-old playmaker and were reportedly "in the final mix" for Watkins, per ESPN's Dianna Russini, before he chose the Kansas City Chiefs.

National Football League free agency officially begins on March 14.


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