Los Angeles Rams WR Sammy Watkins intends to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs when the free agency period is official on Wednesday per Ian Rapoport:
When free agency opens Wednesday, former Rams’ WR Sammy Watkins intends to sign with the KC Chiefs, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The amount per year is here:
Final terms of the #Chiefs expected deal for WR Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M with $30M fully guaranteed at signing, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
The Rams originally traded a second round pick for Watkins in August, and it seems he’s heading elsewhere after a short stint with the Rams.
That is quite a staggering amount. $16 million per year is near the top of the WR market money. Even though Jason La Canfora reported earlier this week that the Rams were working diligently to bring Watkins back, they look likely to choose another avenue, and wisely. Watkins is a terrific player, but that’s a lot of currency for a guy who’s struggled to stay healthy in his career, and put up minimal production in the offense.
Are the Rams prepared for life without Watkins? Do they roll with second year WR Josh Reynolds at this point, or do they head to free agency to try and replace the void that Watkins’ departure leaves?
Stay tuned for Rams updates.