Chiefs expected to sign WR Sammy Watkins to 3-year, $48M deal

Sammy Watkins

Rapoport says the deal will be worth $16 million per year for three years, with $30 million guaranteed.

In four National Football League seasons, the former first-round draft pick has 192 catches for 3,052 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Traded to the Rams last season, Watkins produced eight touchdowns and averaged 15.2 yards per catch, although his overall production (39 catches, 70 targets, 593 yards) in Sean McVay's offense was mostly lacking. During his first season in Kansas City, the Chiefs signed Dwayne Bowe to a big deal, enabling them to use the franchise tag on Branden Albert at the last minute. Watkins will join Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt in what has the potential to be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.

The Packers are also reportedly interested in receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Jimmy Graham, a clear sign that general manager Brian Gutekunst wants to upgrade his passing game with proven, veteran talent in free agency.

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.

The AFC West might be more wide open than we've seen it in a while, but the Chiefs are not engaging in some rebuild this offseason.

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