Patrick Mahomes is going to have plenty of offensive weapons in 2018 – including a former Clemson star wideout.
According to multiple reports, former Rams wideout Sammy Watkins is expected to sign with Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday.
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Rams’ WR Sammy Watkins intends to sign with the KC Chiefs, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
While Watkins managed to stay healthy in 2017, he’s coming off a season in Los Angeles where he caught just 39 balls for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games – numbers that don’t exactly stack up against the league’s top receivers. 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.
While Watkins has shown glimpses of greatness, the 24-year-old has struggled to find consistency. In 2016, a broken bone in his left foot sidelined him for the first eight games of the season, which led Buffalo to decline his fifth-year option and eventually trade him to Los Angeles. This was also after Watkins underwent two procedures on his foot and hip surgery prior to the 2015 season.
The Rams acquired Watkins early last August, sending cornerback E.J. Gaines and 2018 second-round pick to the Bills.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs will ink Watkins to a three-year deal worth $16 million per year and $30 million guaranteed.
Final terms of the #Chiefs expected deal for WR Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M with $30M fully guaranteed at signing, sources say.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Mahomes will be at the helm of a potent offense that now includes Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce.