Sammy Watkins was one of the most sought-after players back in 2014. He was picked in the first round (4th overall) by Buffalo Bills. However, he spent just two years with the Bills before he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams back in 2017. Watkins completed 39 receptions for 593 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns that year.
His impressive display in the league earned him a big-money move to the Kansas City Chiefs the following season. The former Clemson college graduate signed a three-year, $48 million contract. Watkins had a decent first year with the Chiefs but followed that up with another stellar outing in 2019. In Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers, Watkins caught five passes for 98 yards, including the game-winning throw from Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter.
Sammy was in talks with the Chiefs over a contract extension. It was being reported that he was demanding a contract in the ball-park of around $14 million. However, the Chiefs agreed to pay him $9 million.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins spoke about his contract situation. The veteran NFL wideout said he did not mind taking a pay-cut in order to stay and challenge for honors alongside Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and others.
“I’m a guy that’s been in the league going on seven years, and I’ve been on teams that were not so good and were not winning. We’ve got a well-established quarterback, a well-established team, coaches, organization. The real fun is in the winning more than anything,” Watkins said in an interview with ESPN.
Watkins further spoke about how he is focused on winning more titles in the coming years while playing in Missouri:
“I’m past that. … I just really want to get back to football. Every receiver, any player wants to go out there and do well and score touchdowns or catch as many balls as you possibly can and get the yards. I want those type of things.
“But that’s not my focus. My focus is getting the win and going out there and having fun. The focus is on trying to win games. If we can win games and the Super Bowl and I can get 1,000 yards, then that would be great. You’ve got to be realistic with yourself and say that we have arguably seven superstars on one offense,” Watkins concluded.