Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins

Kansas City Chiefs: Three options dealing with Sammy Watkins’ contract

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By Keeganbergsieker March 10, 2020 1 Comment
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With the Kansas City Chiefs’ upcoming contracts, there are three options to deal with wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Which one will they choose?

Sammy Watkins is still under contract, but due to the Kansas City Chiefs cap space, they have some tough decisions to make. Sammy Watkins signed a three year, $48 million contract with the Chiefs in 2018. Watkins battled with injuries in his days in Buffalo and his early days with Kansas City. However, when Watkinsis healthy, he is dangerous, especially in the Chiefs system with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.

Coming into the 2019-20 season, it was Watkins’ “prove it” year. Battling injuries and never really standing out as the No.2 wide receiver in Kansas City. He had to prove he was worth the money. In the first game of the season, Watkins went off as star wide receiver Tyreek Hill went down with a shoulder injury.

Watkins hauled in nine receptions, 198 yards, and three touchdowns. Watkins didn’t score a touchdown the rest of the season but finished with 673 receiving yards. He turned it up in the playoffs recording 14 receptions, 288 yards, and one touchdown. The Chiefs now don’t have much cap space heading into this offseason, so they have three different options on how to deal with Sammy Watkins.

Restructure Watkins contract

Sammy Watkins cap hit in 2020 is $21 million That kind of money for his production isn’t worth it. Especially since the Chiefs are likely going to extend Mahomes with one of the largest contracts in NFL history. Watkins did say that he loves Kansas City and coming to play in KC was the best thing he ever did. Watkins also didn’t rule out a pay cut. If Watkins and the Chiefs can come up with a newly restructured deal, that’d be huge for Kansas City heading into the offseason.

Trade Sammy Watkins

If the Chiefs and Watkins can’t agree on a restructured deal, why not trade him? Sammy isn’t on a deal that would necessarily hurt a team with cap, Watkins also only has a year left on his contract so Kansas City could find interested teams. Watkins would have high trade interest, and Kansas City would get something in return that they would like. If Kansas City and Watkins can’t agree on a new deal, they should open up the trade market for Watkins. It’s better to get something in return rather than nothing.

Cut Sammy Watkins

If the Chiefs can’t agree on a newly restructured deal or find a trade that they like involving Watkins, they will most likely cut him. The Chiefs stated that they want Watkins back for next season, but due to cap room issues that the Chiefs will be forced to cut Watkins, they could also make moves to free up space, but that money will likely go to Chris Jones and Patrick Mahomes.

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Remington Hahn

March 10, 2020

they should try to restructure his contract if not trade him

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