Chiefs set to sign WR Watkins, LB Hitchens

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According to multiple reports, former Rams wideout Sammy Watkins is expected to sign with Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. Watkins has flashed moments of absolute brilliance throughout his career in Buffalo and Los Angeles, but he's had to balance his desire to be an Odell Beckham-esque, 10-target-per-game player with lingering health issues and serious changes in offensive scheme.

The Rams decision not to franchise tag Watkins, instead tagging LaMarcus Joynerwas a pretty obvious one, considering Watkins was the second most productive former Buffalo Bills wideout on the Rams a year ago (behind Robert Woods), which is not a great title to have.

Rapoport says the deal will be worth $16 million per year for three years, with $30 million guaranteed.

The Rams opted not to hand Watkins the franchise tag but were reportedly still going to make a strong push to keep the talented receiver.

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The deal won't be official until the beginning of the new league year which starts at 3 p.m. CT on March 14. The Chiefs traded QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins this offseason but they have Patrick Mahomes, who was drafted 10th overall in 2017.

Now, Watkins joins an offense that already has plenty of big-play potential. Watkins hasn't played a full season since his rookie year. That's unfortunate, and not the way they planned it, although the Rams likely will receive a compensatory third-round draft pick in 2019 for the loss of Watkins to free agency.

The top two receivers on the free-agent market are off the board.

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