Chiefs agree to terms with Sammy Watkins

Watkins was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, after playing collegiately at Clemson University. He recorded 125 catches for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons (29 games), but a broken bone in his foot caused him to miss the first eight contests of the 2016 campaign.

Watkins is expected to sign a three-year deal worth $48 million total with $30 million guaranteed at signing, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

That seemed a bit disappointing, given that late in training camp in August, the Rams sent a second-round pick and part-time cornerback starter E.J. Gaines to Buffalo in a trade for Watkins.

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.

Now, Watkins joins an offense that already has plenty of big-play 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.

That pairs Watkins with Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs' new starting quarterback, and adds him to a talented offense that also includes Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce.

The top two receivers on the free-agent market are off the board.

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