Bills were intelligent to acknowledge Sammy Watkins mistake

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Three years ago, a Bills gave adult a ninth altogether collect in a draft, another first-round pick, and a fourth-round collect to get receiver Sammy Watkins — during a time when they could have stayed put and gotten Odell Beckham Jr. Now, a Bills have opted not to devalue their mistake by potentially creation another one, by refusing to collect adult a fifth-year option on Watkins’ rookie deal.

It’s a intelligent move. Given Watkins’ damage history, any condition that would forestall him from flitting a earthy before a initial day of a 2018 joining year subsequent Mar would put a Bills entirely on a offshoot for $13.2 million in 2017. They’ll instead welcome a probability that Watkins finally will play like they suspicion he’d play, forcing them to request a authorization tab subsequent year, during a expected volume in additional of $16 million.

He’s nonetheless to have a deteriorate that would make regulating a authorization tab a no-brainer. In 2015, Watkins racked adult 1,049 receiving yards in 13 games, though he followed that by blank half of a deteriorate and generated usually 430 yards.

Through 3 seasons, Watkins has fewer than 2,500 receiving yards, 153 catches, and 17 touchdowns. In contrast, Beckham has 288 catches, 4,122 yards, and 35 scores. Likewise, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has 288 catches, for some-more than 3,000 yards.

So Watkins enters a agreement year in Buffalo with each inducement to have a best year of his career. If he does, a Bills certainly will revisit their position on him. For now, they’re radically revelation to a universe that they got this one wrong.


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