Former Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins has found a new home.
He finished the 2017 season with 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Bills declined Watkins' fifth-year option and traded him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-round pick. The Bears reportedly had shown interest in Watkins as well, but ultimately agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal with Jaguars free agent Allen Robinson.
The Rams had considered using the franchise tag on Watkins, but opted instead to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner. That places Watkins among the highest-paid receivers in the game.More news: Arizona Cardinals to release Palestine native Adrian Peterson
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So the Rams knew Watkins would be exposed to free agency, and likely lured away with big money based on his potential.
While Watkins has shown glimpses of greatness, the 24-year-old has struggled to find consistency. He was going to get paid in free agency and it was also possible he would take a shorter deal with a young quarterback in order to set himself up for free agency again at the age of 27. He also fits the bill of a taller, faster receiver which the Chiefs have been looking for to pair with quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Rams could look to the free-agent market or the draft for a Watkins replacement, given that they have nearly $40 million in salary-cap room this offseason, but there are other needs.