Sammy Watkins prayed for a trade from the Bills, and his prayers were answered

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You may not know much about Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins. After reading Tyler Dunne’s new article for that peels back plenty of layers on who Watkins is and what he believes, you’ll know plenty.

And then you’ll ask yourself what in the hell you just read.

Watkins is complicated. He has complex and unique beliefs. From reincarnation to the ability of certain words to cast spells to the prevalence of evil spirits to a pre-pandemic prediction that a dark new world is coming, Watkins shared plenty of interesting views to Dunne.

The Bills traded up to get Watkins with the fourth pick in the 2014 draft (giving up the ninth pick in 2014, another first-round pick, and a fourth-round pick), opting not to select players like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, or Aaron Donald. The Bills surely regret that move now, for various reasons.

For starters, Watkins admitted that he partied heavily during his early days with the Bills, from drinking to smoking.

“Living fast,” Watkins told Dunne.”I would go out and get wasted. Wasted wasted.”

As a result, Watkins wasted his talents, abusing his body to the point where it abused him back, with endless injuries that kept him from fulfilling his potential.

Then came 2017. Watkins spent the offseason researching anything and everything, from geometry to biology to physics to the universe to aliens. (Watkins, by the way, believes he is an alien.) He considered quitting football. Once he showed up for training camp, he decided he wanted out of Buffalo.

Watkins told Dunne that Watkins felt only “bad energy” from coach Sean McDermott, and that Watkins believed McDermott was testing Watkins in an effort to get him to explode. He didn’t ask for a trade, but he prayed for one every night at training camp.

On August 11, Watkins got his wish, with a trade to the Rams.

He’d spend the last year of his rookie deal in L.A., before signing a lucrative three-year deal with the Chiefs. He didn’t seem to be willing to take a pay cut when speaking to Dunne in early March, but Watkins has since taken a pay cut in order to stay with the Chiefs.

Where his career goes after 2020 remains to be seen. Anyone who considers signing him surely will study Dunne’s article carefully, and undoubtedly will have some questions.

43 responses to “Sammy Watkins prayed for a trade from the Bills, and his prayers were answered

  1. Diggs will be asking the same. Crumbling high school stadium, cold, Allen, medicore practice facilities. Been to Vikings stadium twice, nothing compares. Nothing. And dont say Dallas does, its not even close.

  2. Everybody that can out of this town does, the rest are stuck here.


  3. “bad energy” = coach expressed disappointment that I was getting wasted instead of applying myself as a professional.

    Glad god was looking out for you Sammy.

  4. The red flags were there, even before the draft. He was, and still is, immature. Not an alien, just immature.

  5. A talented player is drafted by a pro team and paid millions of dollars.
    The pro team is a weak team.
    The talented player is sad the team is weak and all he has to show for it is $20,000,000 after 4 years at age 24.
    Poor guy.

    Reality check – he needs a healthy dose of reality. he has it better than most NFL players let alone the rest of us. Getting wasted doesn’t help you.
    Put in your 4 years and leave. In your case you got traded after 3. You should be thankful.

  6. Flat out roasted Richard Sherman to help punk the 49ers on the way to hoisting the Lombardi

  7. Sammy wasn’t on the field enough to fairly evaluate his time Buffalo. Class jaw.

  8. Interesting is Watkins suffering from some degree of mental illness from TBIs, or is he just a kooky conspiracy theory type? Or a little of both?

  9. I’m guessing that city is atop the cities players cringe to find themselves. Having spent some time there, including the stadium,, I can hardly disagree.

    Words you will never hear: “Buffalo hosting next Super Bowl”

  10. joetoronto says:
    May 12, 2020 at 11:35 am
    The town blows, the culture blows and the HC blows.

    Just lose baby.
    One thing you are an expert at. Blowing.

  11. No different than Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Cincinnati for example. If you are a professional athlete anywhere life is good. There are only so many spots available to play in the NFL.

  12. PrimeTime says:
    May 12, 2020 at 11:49 am
    Flat out roasted Richard Sherman to help punk the 49ers on the way to hoisting the Lombardi

    Understatement. Sammy made Sherm look like a fool. It was glorious.

  13. In other news, Andy Reid finds ways to absolutely get the best out of his players.

    While Watkins was MIA in 90% of the season, without him, I don’t think KC wins the SB.

    Chiefs won the SB!!! That feels great to type/say…

  14. This town is so classless that we throw dildos on the field during an NFL game.


  15. The Bills didn’t have a QB when Watkins was there, so that sometimes leads to drinking. Now he has a HOF QB, and the only drinking he’ll be doing is Champagne.

  16. Interesting how a player comes out and sez all that stuff and people rag on the team that traded him away like they were the problem. I am a crazy nut ball that gets hammered all the time and plays crappy . Let’s pile on the city that you are in instead.

  17. If a player’s perspective involves looking poorly on Sean McDermott, who seems to have been an annual boost for a longtime languishing Bills organization, I’m going to presume that the player was the one with the issue.

  18. even he wins another superbowl with the chiefs and he never plays again after that he will always be remembered as being a draft bust…

  19. He didn’t play well in LA, but going to KC has been a good fit for him.

    Kinda doesn’t matter if he believes in green-eyed beans from Venus, or the origin of knowledge is his own belly button. It’s no different than believing your invisible friend in the sky wants your team to win the Super Bowl.

  20. Not a fan of the guy, but I thought he deserved the Super Bowl MVP award over anyone else.

  21. Low hanging fruit for the trollage.

    Most players love Buffalo, but a few just don’t fit. Gilmore was like that, too.

    The Bills are building a team of great young players who want to be there, and fit the culture. That’s fine by me. And I’ll never understand why people slam the town as some kind of horrible place to live. Western NY is absolutely beautiful, and they have the falls on the western side. No earthquakes, no mudslides, no tornadoes, no hurricanes and the coast won’t disappear in the next decade. Awesome place to live.

  22. he will always be remembered as being a draft bust…

    A bust is a guy that offered little to no value. Sammy may not have lived up to his billing anywhere he’s been, but he hasn’t been a bust. He’s been mediocre to good while expectations were that he’d be great.

  23. 3 Years in Buffalo:
    153 Rec, 2459 Yards, 17 TD, 16.1 YPC

    3 Years in LA/KC:
    131 Rec, 1785 Yards, 14 TD, 13.6 YPC

    Sammy is like me playing Madden. I play better when I am wasted and I rarely take the coaches advice.

  24. The Bills wanted him to be a #1 receiver which he is not. He is a #3 receiver in Kansas City so he is where he is supposed to be.

  25. That “bad energy” is called “discipline”.
    You were that problem, not Buffalo.
    Bad energy is the first poster,an uber troll who hides behind 43 pseudonyms. Now that is out there.
    You were a waste in Buffalo, as you admitted you got wasted.
    Did it ever occur to you ypu would be dead acting that way in a “glamour” city?
    McDermott dumped losers who dont love football. You didnt love football. You loved you.
    Glad you’re gone.

  26. News Flash. The Bills don’t win the division… again. When the fans are throwing sex toys onto the field you know you don’t want to be in that town.

  27. Regardless of the situation in Buffalo this guy was paid millions of dollars to play a game. We have all had to do jobs we didn’t like but had no choice. Watkins could have at least been professional about it but that isn’t in his makeup.

    He has 60 catches or more in a season only twice…his first two seasons. After that his next highest season was last year when he had 52. I’m surprised the Chiefs didn’t just draft a WR and let this guy go. Something tells me his days are numbered in KC.

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