I have returned from a relaxing vacation in Florida (it was fun, thanks), and I am ready to get back to work providing new content for you. NFL Free Agency is upon us, and some huge moves have already been reported. My favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, made several splashes this morning while I was in line waiting to be harassed by the TSA.
The Chiefs, who have been one of the busiest teams early on in the offseason, have reportedly agreed to sign free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Anthony Hitchens to lucrative contracts. While Hitchens will be a big boost for the Chiefs’ defense, I want to focus on Watkins and how his signing will impact the team.
Sammy Watkins has not had an easy road thus far in his four year NFL career. That being said, he still only 24 years old and is still immensely talented. Although $16 million per year is a lot of money for a guy who has struggled with consistency issues and injuries, Watkins instantly makes the Chiefs’ offense significantly better, and arguably gives them the best set of offensive skills players in the NFL.
Kansas City will enter next season with a new quarterback at the helm in second year pro Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes, an athletic gunslinger who will completely change the dynamic of the Chiefs’ offense after the departure of game manager Alex Smith, will enter the season with Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce at his disposal. With that much speed and athleticism, combined with Mahomes’ cannon of an arm, the Chiefs’ offense could be deadly.
Watkins gives the Chiefs a true number two wideout, which is something they have been lacking for years. His speed, hands, route-running, and separation ability will create problems for defenses around the league, who previously had their hands full with Hunt, Hill, and Kelce. In the event of an injury, such as Kelce’s concussion against the Titans in the playoffs, Watkins gives the Chiefs more insurance and depth, which will keep the offense from going cold.
While the amount of the money the Chiefs will pay Watkins seems absurd, we have to remember that nowadays, teams will have to overpay for the guy they want, and with the salary cap going up substantially each season now, these contracts quickly become much easier to bear. Brett Veach wanted a weapon for his young quarterback, so he went out and got one.
With Sammy Watkins now in Kansas City, do the Chiefs possess the most potent offense in the NFL (on paper of course)? One could argue that they are right up their with the likes of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or New England. At the end of the day, it will all come down to Mahomes, who certainly has the tools to make the Chiefs’ offense thrive, and I can’t wait to see him do it.