Top NFL receivers off market in $90 million splashes
The top two receivers on the free-agent market are off the board.
Sammy Watkins agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal with the Chiefs, according to ESPN.com, adding another weapon to their growing arsenal. 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 24-year-old Robinson is coming off a torn ACL, suffered in Jacksonville’s opener last season. Watkins, also 24, caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season with the Rams last season, after being traded from the Bills in the offseason.
The injury no doubt cost Robinson a more significant payday as he was one of the top receivers in the league in 2015 and 2016, pulling in a combined 153 catches and 20 touchdowns to go along with 2,283 yards. The Bears were desperate for a top-end receiver with the worst depth chart in the league at that position.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, now are one of the more potentially explosive offenses in the league with Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce at the disposal of second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The former Texas Tech signal caller is taking over the reins from Alex Smith, who was traded to the Redskins this offseason.