Watkins is set to sign a one-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Watkins hasn't quite lived up to the billing since his early days in Buffalo and has amassed a total of just eight regular-season touchdowns over the last three seasons despite operating in a high-powered Chiefs offense during that span. He will look for redemption in Baltimore, but he joins a much more run-heavy offense than the one he left in Kansas City. He should secure a spot opposite Marquise Brown heading into 2021. Health is the primary concern for Watkins; he's missed a combined 14 games over the last three seasons.
Watkins will meet with the Ravens on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Ravens are in need of a wideout and have a long history of signing discount veterans to make up for poor drafting at the position. Watkins would fit the pattern, though he's on the young side (28 in June) for a guy entering his eighth NFL season. He's fallen shy of 700 receiving yards in five consecutive years, so it's hard to imagine a gaudy stat line within the context of Baltimore's run-heavy offense.
Watkins secured his only target for 13 yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV. Watkins wasn't much of a factor in his first game action since Week 16, as seven players ranked ahead of him in terms of targets during Sunday's loss. The 27-year-old may realistically not have yet been back to 100 percent health from the calf strain that sidelined him during Kansas City's previous two postseason games. Watkins logged a career-low mark in terms of receiving yards (421) in 2020 while scoring just two touchdowns, and he was held to just 10 regular-season games for the second time in three years with the Chiefs. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and turning to the open market could realistically offer Watkins better salary prospects than attempting to re-sign with in Kansas City.
Watkins (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LV against the Buccaneers, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports. Available for the first time since Week 16, Watkins may not be 100 percent recovered from his calf strain, but he'll add a bit more firepower to one of the NFL's most explosive offenses. When these two teams faced off Week 12, he hauled in four of seven targets for 38 yards, but with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on his side Watkins may find room to operate versus Tampa Bay's banged-up secondary.
Watkins (calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Buccaneers, is slated to suit up for the game, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Watkins has been sidelined since Week 16, when he suffered a strained calf. After more than a month on the pine, though, he logged his first full practice Friday and has expressed confidence this week that he'll play for the first time since Dec. 27. The Chiefs will release their list of inactives around 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, but per Schefter, Watkins' name isn't expected to be included on it.
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