2. Too expensive
The Chiefs and Watkins agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million in March 2018 and it will go down as one of their worst contracts. The Chiefs essentially paid Watkins all of that money for what he did in the playoffs because he sure wasn’t worth $48 million for his regular-season production.
Watkins did agree to restructure the final year of his deal after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, but that’s likely because he knew if he didn’t, he’d be getting released and not have a chance to win another ring. It was a smart move on his end.
If the Chiefs did decide to bring Watkins back for 2021 and maybe beyond, the only way they should legitimately consider it is if the former No. 4 overall pick agrees to sign at a bargain price. Perhaps he’ll view playing with a good team as more important than money, but considering he’ll turn 28 this summer and is still young, he should go and see what other teams are willing to pay him.
It hopefully won’t be the Chiefs though. They should have learned from their mistakes.