Back in 2018, the Chiefs made the transition from Alex Smith to Mahomes, and wanted to bring in explosive complementary players. At the start of the new league year, the Chiefs decided to pay former Los Angeles Rams wideout Sammy Watkins to a three-year, $48 million contract.
Watkins regular-season numbers through his three years in Kansas City were less than desirable, as he recorded a grand total of eight touchdown receptions in that span. That, and Watkins has dealt with a variety of injuries through that span. Most recently, Watkins suffered a calf injury in Week 16 of the 2020 season and did not return until Super Bowl 55.
We will give Watkins credit though because he did show up for the Chiefs in the playoffs. In the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, Watkins recorded four receptions for 114 yards on eight targets. In Super Bowl 54 against the San Francisco 49ers, Watkins caught five-of-six targets for 98 yards, including a clutch 38-yard reception against Richard Sherman on the game-winning drive.
The Chiefs will reportedly try to bring back Watkins this offseason. But given the presence of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman in the passing game, the Chiefs might be better off drafting a wideout over re-signing Watkins.