Brett Veach on Sammy Watkins: If there’s a way to make it work, we’ll try

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Sammy Watkins is a pending free agent after signing a three-year deal with the Chiefs in 2018.

He restructured his contract last spring to bring down his cap number, making a base salary of $9 million. But his production was once again lackluster. Watkins caught 37 passes for 421 yards with two touchdowns in 10 games. Watkins hasn’t played in the postseason while nursing an injured calf.

Earlier on Tuesday, Watkins said returning to the Chiefs would “definitely be something to think about.”

Tuesday afternoon, General Manager Brett Veach said keeping Watkins for 2021 is a possibility.

“Sammy is a big part of this offense. When he’s healthy, we’re better,” Veach said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN. “If there’s a way we can make it work again, we’ll certainly try to do that. I love having him around.”

Watkins was a significant part of Kansas City’s Super Bowl run last year, making 14 catches for 288 yards and a touchdown in three games.

But the problem is, Watkins isn’t often healthy. He’s played in 16 games only once, back in his rookie year of 2014 with the Bills. He was healthy through the either 2017 season with the Rams, too, but the club chose to rest its starters in Week 17.

Watkins will be 28 in June. He’s reached 1,000 yards receiving only once — back in 2015 with Buffalo.

7 responses to “Brett Veach on Sammy Watkins: If there’s a way to make it work, we’ll try

  1. Chiefs don’t have a SB without him, I don’t like his contract but it was needed to get a SB. So I’m saying money well spent despite the lack of production. He may need to restructure again or he can possible go make it somewhere else. KC has plenty in the pantry without him.

  2. springfield says:
    February 2, 2021 at 5:26 pm
    Chiefs don’t have a SB without him, I don’t like his contract but it was needed to get a SB. So I’m saying money well spent despite the lack of production. He may need to restructure again or he can possible go make it somewhere else. KC has plenty in the pantry without him

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    Restructure again? He is a free agent.

  3. xbam says:
    February 2, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    Jimmy G and Watkins should try to team up next year…

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    A contest to see who misses the most games?

  4. Watkins has all kinds of ability, but the best ability is availability. If I signed him it would be a low base salary, with a lot of incentives based on production. That’s a win-win. As long as you have Mahomes, you can with with any WR’s. You just can’t keep paying a big chunk of your salary cap to a guy that’s not on the field. I’ve always loved Sammy, but unfortunately, there’s a salary cap.

  5. “When he’s healthy, we’re better”

    Anyone still wondering about what the GM thinks about him? Unless they can have a contract heavy on the game day bonus, how can they have him?

  6. I say restructure, kind of meaning negotiate a lesser amount to stay in KC. Because where else can you play 6 games and go to a Super Bowl? But he has a ring, so why take less? Of course maybe the spotlight in KC with Mahomes gets KC a discount.

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