Sammy Watkins, after many rumors of him going other places including Houston this offseason, will be staying with the Chiefs for at least another season. He is one in a line of many former a Tigers that are making moves and getting new contracts this offseason. Others include DeAndre Hopkins going to Arizona, Vic Beasley signing with Tennessee, and D.J. Reader moving to Cincinnati.
Im back KC LETS GET IT..! #RUNITBACKTOUR— King me (@sammywatkins) April 3, 2020
Watkins has agreed to a new one year deal worth $9 million. It also has incentives built in that could reach up to $16 million according to multiple reports. The restructured contract also includes a rare no trade clause for the season. His previous non guaranteed contract for 2020 was for $13.75 million.
This move also helps out the Chiefs. They previously had $171M total cap space for 2020 but this new contract boosts that figure up to around $5 million in cap space this offseason.
Last season, Watkins had 52 catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns, including a team-high 288 receiving yards in the playoffs. Watkins will be entering his seventh year in the NFL. He has played in 76 games over that time and has had 4,244 total yards on 284 receptions. Watkins also has 31 Touchdowns while only fumbling the ball three times over that time. He was one of three former Tigers that helped Kansas City win the Super Bowl back in February.
Watkins has played for three teams over his career. After being drafted fourth overall by the Buffalo Bills, he played with them until 2017 when he joined the Los Angeles Rams for a season before heading to Kansas City in 2018. He will only be 27 years old when he reaches free agency next season.