Watkins looked as if 2019 would be his last season with the Chiefs before reworking his contract to secure one more season in Kansas City. Don’t expect him to pull another surprise this offseason.
Instead, the tantalizing talent will take his talents elsewhere. He’s always seemed like the perfect player to put up huge numbers in the Chiefs’ prolific offense, but his production never seems to live up to the hype. His 37 catches for 421 yards this year were more a product of Kansas City’s offensive system than any testament to Watkins’ level of play.
The Chiefs might be willing to bring Watkins back if he were willing to take a discount, but it’s much more likely he’ll be looking for another big contract in free agency. It’s a safe bet that another team will be willing to make an expensive gamble on Watkins’ talent. The Chiefs have already been there; done that.
Watkins’ departure will open up a starting wide receiver spot in Kansas City. Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle would like to step into that void, but it’s very possible the Chiefs will look outside the organization to replace Watkins. Free agent wide receivers will be lining up to move to Kansas City and reap the rewards of playing with Mahomes on a weekly basis.