Sammy Watkins officially signs with Kansas City Chiefs

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins /

The Kansas City Chiefs have bolstered their offense with the reported signing of free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins, per Ian Rapoport.

Brett Veach strikes again. On Tuesday morning, news broke that the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed in principle to a three-year contract with free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins. It’s a $48 million-dollar deal that will reportedly be $30 million guaranteed. It’s also another bold signing for the team’s general manager.

Watkins has had an up and down career to this point. After being drafted fourth overall in the 2014 draft by the Buffalo Bills, Watkins finished his first season in the NFL with 982 yards and six touchdowns. His second season he only played in 13 games but managed to accumulate an impressive 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Watkins suffered a fracture in his left foot which limited him to only eight games in his third year. He also saw a significant drop in production that season, finishing the season with 430 yards and only two touchdowns. This past season, he was surprisingly traded to the L.A. Rams for a second-round pick in the upcoming draft. Watkins finished his season in L.A. with 593 yards and eight touchdowns.

This signing is a surprising one for the Chiefs. Veach had mentioned during the NFL Combine that the Chiefs would be looking for more receiver help now that they had a quarterback with a cannon for an arm. With the issues on defense, the thought was that the Chiefs would focus their efforts there. Instead, it seems that Veach is planning on going all in on offense.

Veach is giving Andy Reid all the tools that he needs to help Patrick Mahomes have an outstanding season. The Chiefs offense was the first team since 1981 to have a team with a 4,000-yard quarterback, 1,000-yard receiver, 1,000-yard tight end, and 1,000 yards running back. Now that they have added another dynamic playmaker to the offense in Watkins the Chiefs have an opportunity to have the league’s best offense next season.

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Only time will tell what will happen, but you can be sure that Patrick Mahomes is at home right now jumping for joy.