Super Bowl champion Sammy Watkins is staying at Arrowhead for another year. According to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor, the Kansas City Chiefs and the standout wide receiver agreed to a one-year deal on Friday. Watkins will reportedly take home $9 million this year, an amount that could increase up to $16 million after incentives and most importantly takes $5 million off the 26-year-old’s 2020 cap total.
Considering fellow wideout Demarcus Robinson inked a one-year contract with Kansas City on Sunday, looks like head coach Andy Reid is set on retaining his receiving unit for at least one more year.
This past campaign, the former Clemson Tiger recorded 52 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns, his highest numbers since 2015. In the Chiefs’ championship-winning postseason, he led the team with 288 receiving yards.
Reid Was Mum About Watkins Contract Talks Just 24 Hours Prior
When asked about whether he planned on retaining Watkins on Thursday, Reid was hesitant to provide any details, instead saying it was general manager Brett Veach’s area.
“Right now, he’s here,” Reid said, via Arrowhead Pride. “That’s the positive part. And we sure like Sammy. He’s done a great job for us. As good a player as he is, he’s even a better person. So we’ve really enjoyed him being here. But other than that, I can’t really lead you on either way, because that’s Brett’s area. I’m honestly not dealing with it.”
Per the 62-year-old Reid, Veach is the man in charge when it comes to player contracts.
“He deals with all that stuff. I try to stay as far away from it as I can, to be honest with you. I dealt with all that while I was in Philadelphia. As you know, Brett’s a great communicator. If they’re doing anything there, he’s in it and talking about it. But nothing’s happened at this point. I do know that part.”
Reid commended Veach for maintaining contact with the team during the offseason, especially when managing player salaries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Listen, we’ve tried to stay in touch [with the players] as coaches. We try and stay in touch with everybody. Brett has been doing all the other things behind the scenes for that type of thing — agents and so on. They’ve had communications — which is important in any situation, I think, when you’re dealing with players and contracts and tags and all those things.”
Watkins Posted a Cryptic Tweet About His Future in March
Perhaps Watkins knew something we didn’t, because on March 3 the former Buffalo Bill posted a cryptic tweet asking followers where he should take his talents next.
Shortly after, former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins replied with a “Reunion” tweet, sharing a picture of the two from their Clemson days.
For the time being, looks like the reunion will have to wait. On March 16, the Texans offloaded the four-time Pro Bowler in a massive trade deal that resulted in Hopkins heading to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson and some draft picks.