Monday, 18 June, 2018

Chiefs agree to terms with WR Sammy Watkins

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Domingo Copeland | 14 March, 2018, 00:28

Patrick Mahomes is taking over an offense that already had plenty of firepower, but the Kansas City Chiefs added another weapon Tuesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign Sammy Watkins.

The Chiefs have been looking for a playmaking wide receiver to pair with speedster Tyreek Hill since last offseason, but resorted to using Chris Conley in the role.

Watkins was considered one of the premier talents on the market.

Watkins, a Florida native, was drafted No. 4 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 National Football League draft.

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The Rams acquired Watkins early last August, sending cornerback E.J. Gaines and 2018 second-round pick to the Bills. He had a solid rookie season before a breakout sophomore campaign in which he caught 60 balls for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hitchens, who The Kansas City Star reported will make about $9 million per season, would fill Johnson's spot alongside Reggie Ragland in the middle of the defense.

Hitchens was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and spent four seasons with the Cowboys.

With the addition of Watkins, the Chiefs have now given second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes a handful of unsafe weapons to work with. The deal with the Chiefs pays him $16 per year in average annual value, but the Chiefs kept the deal relatively short, given Watkins' injury history in his time with the Bills.

In a way, it was kind of ironic to see a team in Los Angeles that had such a weak receiving corps in 2016 go from having so many weapons the following year, it was hard for Reynolds to see consistent action on the field.

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