A few hours after learning that the Bears were making a pretty big investment in former Jaguars wide receiver, Allen Robinson, we learned that the Chiefs were topping that deal in a big way to land Sammy Watkins.
Robinson’s deal was an average on his 3-year deal was $14 million per season which is top ten at the position. But Watkins will get big time bank, making an average of $16 million on his 3-year deal in Kansas City with $30 million guaranteed! This according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Final terms of the #Chiefs expected deal for WR Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M with $30M fully guaranteed at signing, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
That’s top three money, behind only Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. For a player who has never made a Pro Bowl and who’s only had more than 1000 yards once in his 4-year NFL career.
You may recall, this is the second time in recent years the Chiefs have way overpaid to land a free agent wide receiver. They gave Jeremy Maclin a 5-year, $55 million deal in 2015 and then terminated the contract after two seasons.
The Allen Robinson payout was too rich for the Raiders’ blood and the Watkins deal is just silly money. This is what happens when you’re competing in an open market at a position without a lot of talent available.
That being said, the Raiders now have some more talent at receiver to deal with in the AFC West.