NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported K.C. has agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, according to sources informed of the deal. The deal includes a $21 million signing bonus in addition to a fully guaranteed $30 million, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. He'll making a whopping $34 million over the first two years, Pelissero added.
Watkins entered free agency the biggest wide receiver swimming in the pond despite coming off one disappointing season in Los Angeles, following an injury-plagued start to his career in Buffalo. In Sean McVay's high-flying offense, Watkins played third-fiddle, earning 593 yards on 39 receptions with eight touchdowns.
The Rams desire to keep Watkins around likely pushed his market. Watkins' $30 million guaranteed sits at fifth-most among receivers, and the $16 million average is fourth-most at the position. The huge money is a lot for a 600-yard receiver with an injury history, but the Chiefs hedged by keeping the deal short.
Watkins is still just 24 years old -- even if it feels like he's been in the NFL for fifteen years -- and possesses an enticing skill set. When healthy, Watkins owns speed to burn on the outside, a big body over the middle and proved last season in L.A. he can be a red zone threat.
When K.C. handed the starting gig to Mahomes this offseason, team brass knew it needed to buffer the big-armed quarterback right out of the gate. Adding Watkins -- even at a huge cost -- gives the Chiefs a player with the talent to be a true No. 1 wideout. Mahomes tossing bombs to Watkins and Hill play after play could provide the most fun offense next season.