The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins when free agency opens on Wednesday, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Watkins' average salary of $16m per year makes him the NFL's third highest paid wide receiver behind Antonio Brown ($17m) and Mike Evans ($16.5m), who signed a five-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
The deal is understood to be worth $48m with $30m guaranteed.
The signing can not be made official until free agency opens at 9pm (GMT) on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old is coming off his first season with the Rams where he experienced a drop in production recording 39 catches for 593 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
The Rams decision not to franchise tag Watkins, instead tagging LaMarcus Joyner was a pretty obvious one, considering Watkins was the second most productive former Buffalo Bills wideout on the Rams a year ago (behind Robert Woods), which is not a great title to have. With the Rams already having two receivers who thrive on underneath and intermediate routes in Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, adding a big-play weapon would be fantastic.
This past season, he caught 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns, ranking ninth in the National Football League with an average of 16 yards per reception.
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