WR Sammy Watkins has signed a one-year deal with a base salary of $9M to return to Kansas City. The deal includes an incentive package that can pay him up to $16M in 2020. (Terez A. Paylor on Twitter)
This is a very interesting move by the Chiefs. There were rumblings that Kansas City would not retain Watkins under his current contract terms, and after the team announced they were bringing back WR Demarcus Robinson, everyone thought the writing was on the wall for Watkins to head elsewhere in 2020. Instead, Watkins will return to the Super Bowl champions for one more season after a 2019 where he caught 52 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. Those numbers are a bit skewed however, as all three touchdowns came in week 1 against Jacksonville where he had nine receptions for 198 yards and three scores. Watkins is cemented as the 2nd or 3rd WR on the depth chart for the Chiefs, behind Tyreek Hill and possibly even Mecole Hardman depending on the day, and as long as Patrick Mahomes is throwing the football, he’ll be a WR to target in the mid-rounds of fantasy drafts. Consider him a WR3 in 2020.