Sammy Watkins concedes Chiefs might ask him to take pay cut

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After three years in Buffalo and one with the Rams, Sammy Watkins finally feels at home. He has spent the past two seasons in Kansas City, making 92 catches for 1,192 yards and six touchdowns.

But the reality is: Watkins might be playing his final game for the Chiefs on Sunday.

“You never know. I have a lot of dreams and a lot of things I want to do. But hopefully I am here for the next — until coach [Andy] retires,” Watkins told NFL.com. “When he goes, I’m going to go. So, if I’m here a long time, I would definitely want to be here. And if I’m not, I’m going to take my dreams somewhere else and make the best of it.”

Watkins is scheduled to count $21 million against the salary cap in 2020, with a base salary of $13.75 million. The Chiefs can save $14 million in cap space by cutting him . . . or they could ask him to take a pay cut.

“They might,” Watkins said. “You never know.”

Watkins said Thursday that he might be open to a pay cut to remain in Kansas City. He understands the team needs to get Patrick Mahomes signed to a long-term deal.

“I don’t want to say I will be [open to a pay cut]. I don’t want to say I won’t,” Watkins said. “I just think I’m a special player. I think I deserve all the things I deserve. If I’m at home and thinking about it, if I have to do it to pay Pat, I maybe will. That’s a guy that we should pay, and he needs to get paid. But you never know. That’s a decision I’d have to go through.”

Watkins added, cryptically, “Or I might just take off a year after we win the Super Bowl. You never know.”

31 responses to “Sammy Watkins concedes Chiefs might ask him to take pay cut

  1. Why he would state any of this publically is beyond me.

    Where is his agent?

    Any and all leverage gone…

  2. He should be open to a pay cut but I’m sure he won’t. He should be happy he got the kind of contract he did. He has only had three seasons when he caught more than 50 passes, his rookie season (2014), 2015 and 2019. He only had 673 receiving yards last season and has only had two season with more yards, again, 2014 and 2015. Does that sound like someone who warrants a salary of $13.75M? It doesn’t to me.

    Buffalo made him the #4 pick in 2014 and his career totals over six years are 284 catches and 4244 yards. Michael Thomas of the Saints has 470 catches and 5512 yards in four years. Enough said.

  3. He is just going to sign a new overpaid deal with another team in a few months. No shortage of money in the nfl or need at the wr position…

  4. He can be replaced and for less money. He’ll be lucky enough to choose to be off next year. He could be out without any thought. He better bet he has a record day on Sunday. They’ve clearly overpaid for his efforts.

  5. The sunk cost from the bonus is irrelevant.
    Is he worth 14MM?
    If no, what is he worth? 12MM? 10MM?

    If Watkins thinks he can get close to 14MM, he should not take a paycut and let the team cut him and go elsewhere. If he wants to stay with the team, then see if he can get an extension.

  6. Wrong answer, Sammy Boy. Correct response: “that will all take care of itself in time. Right now, I’m focused 100% on the 49ers and bringing a super bowl home to Kansas City”

    This guy has already earned from than 50 million bucks. Wow.

  7. There’s alot of people needed to be paid in Kansas City and with the development of Hardman, I believe Watkins will be cut. He signed a huge unwarranted contract, much like Brandon Cooks did. WR depth in the draft is deep and Watkins will be expendable.

  8. Their is no conceding anything. Sammy Watkins will be cut. There is no discussion. He is worth a third of what his contract calls for him to be paid in 2020. And that might be rich. Should he re-sign, he should also have a per game bonus that is significant portion to keep him on the field.

    I see a way overpaid decoy how is shutdown by single coverage.

  9. I will say, I’ve never seen the guy take a play off. He consistently draws coverage away from Kelce or Tyreek and if they are doubled or being shaded – then he’s a big target with a large catch radius.

    Plus, he’s always knocking a corner or safety into the next week with devastating downfield blocking.

    Take that pay cut, Mr Watkins. Chiefs have to retain Chris Jones and have something in reserve for QB1 when that time comes, too. You’ve made 40 million bux in two years – how much more coin does a human being need to rake in over a lifetime, let alone a few years?

  10. Ahh, what would we all do without the inevitable “cap hell” comment from PFT’s most unknowledgeable football fan?

  11. winone4cleveland says:
    January 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    Their is no conceding anything. Sammy Watkins will be cut. There is no discussion. He is worth a third of what his contract calls for him to be paid in 2020. And that might be rich. Should he re-sign, he should also have a per game bonus that is significant portion to keep him on the field.

    I see a way overpaid decoy how is shutdown by single coverage.

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    Sherman will be on Watkins and do nothing in the game.

  12. Too much WR talent in the draft this year to tie up that kinda money in the #3 or #4 guy in targets on the team.

    As for KCs cap, they need to dump contracts like his to get things setup for the long run. In the meantime, they need to continue to draft well and develop their system.

  13. Funny. Watkins had his best years with the Bills. The first two years, he had over 2000 yards and 15 TD’s. I am glad the trade from the Bills “worked out,” considering his numbers have not come close to that since those years.

  14. Watkins should tell Chiefs to stuff the pay cut.
    Then he can come to Vikings and dominate.
    Can you imagine Watkins, Diggs and Thielen at WR. A march to the Superbowl would be guaranteed.
    SLOL!

  15. LOL. He has not lived up to his contract. It was a bad contract. Sammy’s cap won’t save money for Pat. It will save money to re-sign Chris Jones.

  16. Watkins is a definite talent but he’s fairly injury-prone and has never really lived up to his high draft status. Chiefs will not bring him back at his current number and we’ll have to see where things progress from there.

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