Former Clemson star Sammy Watkins to sign with new National Football League team


The Green Bay Packers will be one of the teams interested in free agent receiver Sammy Watkins, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Watkins was considered one of the premier talents on the market.

He had 125 catches for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two National Football League seasons, but still failed live up to expectations with the Bills after Buffalo packaged two first-round picks to move up and make him the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Watkins averaged 8.1 FanDuel points across 15 games last season, with 39 catches (70 targets) for 593 yards and 8 touchdowns.

It would help matters if he stayed healthy. Likewise cornerback Marcus Peters, sent to the Rams earlier via trade as well.

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On defense, the Chiefs have been trying to get younger across the board, releasing cornerstone linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali and shuffling their defensive backfield.

The Kansas City Star reported that Dallas, Jacksonville and Chicago were among the teams also pursuing Watkins.

Hitchens was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and spent four seasons with the Cowboys. During his first season in Kansas City, the Chiefs signed Dwayne Bowe to a big deal, enabling them to use the franchise tag on Branden Albert at the last minute. Kansas City agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Redskins this offseason, opening up the starting quarterback spot for Patrick Mahomes.

In a way, it was kind of ironic to see a team in Los Angeles that had such a weak receiving corps in 2016 go from having so many weapons the following year, it was hard for Reynolds to see consistent action on the field.