Watkins is an unrestricted free agent, but Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said the team would try to re-sign him during the offseason. He won’t command anywhere near the $15.8M that he made last season, especially since health has been a major concern for Watkins throughout his career. He was limited to just 10 regular-season games last season, and he’s played 10 games or fewer in three of the past five years. He also missed two of the Chiefs’ playoff games in 2020 and was limited to just one catch for 13 yards in the Super Bowl. Still, Veach says that the team is better with Watkins healthy and that they’ll “certainly try” to bring him back next year.
The team does have some options if they are unable to bring Watkins back. Mecole Hardman is electric when on the field, and fantasy owners have drooled over his upside for years. However, Hardman’s inconsistency has kept him off the field at times for Kansas City, and he ran the wrong route on at least two plays during the Super Bowl. It’s possible that the Chiefs don’t view him as an every-down player, which would explain their desire to bring back Watkins.
Despite their Super Bowl loss and some potential roster turnover during the offseason, the Chiefs are still the betting favorites at +500 to win next year’s Super Bowl on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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