CLEMSON — Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Friday night. The deal is reportedly worth $6 million with $5 million guaranteed.
Watkins most recently played with the Kansas City Chiefs for the last three seasons. He caught five passes for 98 yards in the 2019 Super Bowl, helping the Chiefs win their first championship since 1969. Kansas City fell in the 2020 Super Bowl to the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.
In three seasons with the Chiefs, Watkins played in 34 games with 129 receptions for 1,613 yards and eight touchdowns.
He played at Clemson from 2011 to 2013, where he was an AP first-team All-American as a freshman, becoming only the fourth true freshman to ever do so. He was named MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl, after hauling in 16 catches for 227 yards against Ohio State.
Watkins was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons in Buffalo, where he set the Bills’ rookie record in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (982). After spending most of the 2016 season on the injured reserve with a foot injury, the Bills decided to waive his fifth-year option and make him a free agent after the 2017 season.
On Aug. 11, 2017, Watkins, along with a 2018 sixth-round draft pick, was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for E. J. Gaines and a 2018 second round draft pick. In one season with the Rams, he had 39 receptions for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.
After the 2017 season, he signed a three-year, $48 million contract with the Chiefs. Watkins has 4,665 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons with Buffalo, the LA Rams and Kansas City.
Staying healthy has been his biggest flaw played 16 games in a season since his rookie year in 2014. If he can stay healthy, he can be a reliable receiver for the Ravens. Baltimore lost Willie Snead IV and Dez Bryant to free agency, so the veteran additions is much needed.
He now enters an offense that features young running back J.K. Dobbins and 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
Watkins is the second former Clemson wide receiver to sign a deal this week. Adam Humphries signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.