Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sammy Watkins expected to sign three-year, $48 million deal with Chiefs

Sammy Watkins expected to sign three-year, $48 million deal with Chiefs

The Bears reportedly had shown interest in Watkins as well, but ultimately agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with Jaguars free agent Allen Robinson.

The deal is worth $48 million with $30 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. Watkins joins an attack that includes receiver Tyreek Hill, running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce, though Watkins is projected to be the No. 1 wide receiver ahead of Hill.

Since he came into the National Football League in 2014, Watkins is fourth in yards per reception (15.9) among players with 100 or more catches in that span. Watkins hasn't played a full season since his rookie year.

Entering the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams had a big decision to make when it comes to whether they should use the franchise tag on Lamarcus Joyner or Sammy Watkins for the 2018 season. 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.

In 52 games including 51 starts, Watkins has tallied 192 receptions, 3,052 yards and 25 touchdowns. Likewise cornerback Marcus Peters, sent to the Rams earlier via trade as well. He missed the first four games of the season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason.

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