Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Former Clemson star Sammy Watkins to sign with new National Football League team

Former Clemson star Sammy Watkins to sign with new National Football League team

Watkins didn't live up to expectations in Buffalo after the Bills packaged two first-round picks to move up and draft him.

Rapoport says the deal will be worth $16 million per year for three years, with $30 million guaranteed.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins (12) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Of course, those reports proved to be true and Watkins played in just two games over the first 11 weeks of the season.

He has caught 192 passes for 3,052 yards and 25 touchdowns through the first four years of his National Football League career.

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But after three injury-hit years in Buffalo, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams last offseason. Should Watkins come to town, they might be able to hold off and use that pick on someone such as linebacker Tremaine Edmunds instead.

Watkins' departure - which will become official Wednesday, when free agents can sign their new agreed-upon contracts - leaves the Rams with a hole, but one that is hard to define. Watkins, who turns 25 in June, now could become the top target in a Kansas City offense that will be led by new starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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So the Rams knew Watkins would be exposed to free agency, and likely lured away with big money based on his potential. He was going to get paid in free agency and it was also possible he would take a shorter deal with a young quarterback in order to set himself up for free agency again at the age of 27.

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