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Sammy Watkins to sign three-year deal with Chiefs

13 March 2018

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Watkins' deal could be worth $48 million over three years.

Last season Watkins recorded 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games.

The big, physical receiver (6-1, 211 pounds) specializes in stretching defenses vertically. With the Rams, though, that mostly benefited the likes of Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley underneath.

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The arrival of Watkins will mean another potent weapon for second-year Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will take over as the starter in Kansas City this season following the trade of Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

Watkins, 24, was picked up by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2014 draft and was later traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.

Injuries plagued him in 2016, when Watkins played eight games and caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. And while he only turns 25 in June, his previous two seasons don't scream $30 million guaranteed.

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Hitchens had 84 tackles and a forced fumble last season in Dallas and helps fill the void left by Derrick Johnson, who was released by the Chiefs earlier this offseason.

The Colts missed out on guard Andrew Norwell and linebacker Anthony Hitchens and while it seems they were in the mix for Watkins, that price tag was likely too high for Ballard.

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Sammy Watkins to sign three-year deal with Chiefs