Feb
03
2021

Kansas City, It’s Time To Say Goodbye To Sammy Watkins

Let me preface this column by admitting two things. I have an underlying fandom for Kanas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins; and, I believe that he carries a skill set that very few mid-level wide receivers possess.

In a comment on Tuesday, general manager Brett Veach suggested that the Chiefs are preparing to re-sign Watkins following the completion of this season.

With the team preparing for the Super Bowl in less than a week, it’s definitely understandable that Veach would make an effort to back up all of the guys that he has brought on board to surround quarterback Patrick Mahomes. However, Veach’s attempt to provide support to the future of Watkins doesn’t lineup with the on-the-field work.

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This season began with Watkins missing time in training camp due to a groin strain; followed by the missed time during a Week 2 contest against the Chargers due to a concussion, and finally, a hamstring strain in Week 5 that cost him five games. And, according to Sports Injury Projector (SIP), Watkins has a 96% chance of getting reinjured in 2021. Combine that with an 18.2% chance per game, and is likely to miss a minimum of two games in the 2021 season due to injury.

I understand that a restructured contract kept Watkins in Kansas City for the 2020 season. But, with the recent extensions of Mahomes and defensive anchor Chris Jones, the Chiefs simply need to end this relationship.

I leave you with this. With receivers Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle waiting in the wings, the Chiefs would do good to allow Watkins to walk. Also, don’t discount the team possibly saying farewell to veteran wide receiver Demarcus Robinson as well.


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