Although the Green Bay Packers had reportedly expressed interest in free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins when the free agency negotiation period began on Monday, the team will need to look elsewhere for help bolstering the receiver corps.
That is because, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watkins is planning to sign a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ian Rapoport reports that the contract will be for $48 million over three years with $30 million guaranteed. This makes Watkins the second big-name wideout to pick his free agent destination, with his decision coming mere hours after Allen Robinson reportedly chose the Chicago Bears.
Watkins will get the same amount of guaranteed money as Davante Adams got to sign with the Packers in December, though Adams’ contract runs for an extra year but has less money per year.
The 2015 season was Watkins’ best, when he recorded 60 receptions for 1047 yards and nine touchdowns with the Buffalo Bills. Although his targets have dropped the past two seasons, he remains a legitimate deep threat and has averaged over 15 yards per catch in each of his four NFL seasons.
With Robinson and Watkins off the market, the top wide receivers remaining are players like Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, and Donte Moncrief.