Chiefs to sign WR Sammy Watkins

Tyler Owen
March 14, 2018

Watkins, who played for the Los Angeles Rams last season, will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs when free agency opens Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Rams had considered using the franchise tag on Watkins, but opted instead to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner.

While such an injury occurred as a result of his only catch of the season, the 24-year-old tallied just the lone reception, which went for 17 yards. He was going to get paid in free agency and it was also possible he would take a shorter deal with a young quarterback in order to set himself up for free agency again at the age of 27.

Watkins joins receiver Tyreek Hill, running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce as potential targets for Mahomes, who spent his rookie season behind Alex Smith on the depth chart.

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Kansas City intends to turn its starting quarterback job over to Patrick Mahomes II, whom former general manager John Dorsey traded up to select 10th overall past year.

It's been an offseason of overhaul for the Chiefs.

But questions persist about Conley's health and long-term upside, and Wilson has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Miami Dolphins, leaving the Chiefs in the market for a wide receiver. They're loading up for a new quarterback to start.

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