DeAndre Hopkins lit a match on Twitter as he strongly suggested Sammy Watkins to join the Houston Texans for the 2020 season.
The Houston Texans could be Sammy Watkins’ best fit if the Kansas City Chiefs release him ahead of free agency. The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of tough decisions to make regarding their cap space as their top defensive player in Chris Jones is hitting free agency.
The Chiefs could also use more wiggle room with their cap to make upgrades in their defense that is very top-heavy. A player Watkins of talent isn’t normally ushered out the door, but a $21 million salary for the upcoming season is a tough pill for the Chiefs’ brass to swallow.
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Watkins, 26, is still one of the youngest superstar wide receivers the league has to offer. Despite all the obstacles he’s faced from being drafted fourth overall with high expectations in a rather dysfunctional organization with the Buffalo Bills, and spending a short uneventful stint with the Los Angeles Rams.
Watkins has that tantalizing talent that teams try to tap into. That’s why the Chiefs were comfortable giving him a three year $48 million deal with such limited success.
For all his potential, Watkins struggled to emerge as the receiver the Bills thought they drafted when they mortgaged their immediate future to move and select him fourth overall. A draft in which he was chosen over Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, Devante Adams, Allen Robinson, and a plethora of future Pro Bowlers.
However, it isn’t Watkins’ fault that he hasn’t lived up to his potential as he dealt with rib, shoulder, hip, and a number of lower leg injuries that have kept him sidelined for 20 games in his first six seasons.
Injuries are the nature of the beast in the NFL, Watkins has played through a lot of them, and put up respectable numbers. He’s had 284 receptions, 4,224 receiving yards, and 31 touchdown receptions despite being with three different teams through six seasons.
After winning a Super Bowl in which he came up big for the Chiefs through their playoff stretch, there isn’t much left to prove whether he’s a winner or not. Watkins faced his fair share of backlash early in his career, but he still has time to turn it around.
In a league where it’s considered a brotherhood and players look out for each other, Watkins has always gravitated to his Clemson alumni in the NFL.
He’s had a special connection with DeAndre Hopkins that is well documented whenever their respective teams met. Along with the idea of potentially joining his brother and mentor, Watkins could play alongside former Clemson quarterback, Deshaun Watson. That’s football heaven for Clemson and Texans fans alike.
However, most importantly, it makes sense for them. Hopkins wants to make it happen, and Watkins could use much-needed stability in one place with a lot of familiar faces. Houston could be the place for Watkins as they have an appealing contending team for players to join and located in one of the bigger markets in the U.S.
Houston should be one of wish list teams that Watkins looks into if he is released by the Chiefs.