Former Clemson WR to sign $48 million deal with Chiefs

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The Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have agreed to terms on a three-year, $48 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news on Tuesday morning, with National Football League insider Ian Rapoport confirming it soon after.

In 2017, Watkins was targeted 70 times, hauling in 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.

He showed glimpses of star potential in his first two seasons, totaling 125 catches for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns in 29 games.

There is no doubt Watkins has talent but general manager Chris Ballard made it a point that the team will build through the draft rather than free agency and while they will plug some holes, they won't overpay to do so.

Watkins previously underwent two surgical procedures on his troublesome left foot and also had hip surgery after the 2014 season.

The Rams acquired Watkins early last August, sending cornerback E.J. Gaines and 2018 second-round pick to the Bills. He missed the first four games of the season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason. The Chiefs later worked out a deal with linebacker Anthony Hitchens.

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