The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly missed on signing free agent wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Josh Reynolds. The player they would have replaced is headed for a visit with the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins, one of the top free agent pass-catchers is on his way to Baltimore tonight to visit the #Ravens tomorrow, source said. The #Ravens have been working to add a WR in free agency.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 22, 2021
Sammy Watkins is on his way to Baltimore on Monday; he will meet with the Ravens on Tuesday, per Rapoport. After going to Baltimore, Watkins will head to Indianapolis to visit the Colts, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans are also reportedly interested in Watkins.
In three seasons with the Chiefs, Watkins, 27, recorded 129 catches for 1,613 yards and eight touchdowns (34 regular-season games). In 2020, Watkins missed the Chiefs’ first two playoff games with a calf injury, and he played only 23 snaps in Super Bowl LV. He made one catch for 13 yards. He was limited to 10 regular-season games as he dealt with calf and hamstring injuries.
It didn’t seem like the Chiefs felt they would retain Watkins when general manager Brett Veach last spoke about him in early March.
“I’ve said it many times before — I love Sammy and love what he does for our offense,” acknowledged Veach. “There will be challenges this year. It will be a lot more challenging to retain him and bring him back this year just because of where we are. We were able to work with him and his agent last year and make it work. This year will probably be even more difficult just because we’ll have some work to do to get under the cap, and once we do, we have to see where the markets go.”
The Chiefs reportedly offered Smith-Schuster a one-year deal worth $8 million with $3 million in incentives.
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