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Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins on accepting incentive-laden contract

Sammy Watkins, Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins had contemplated sitting out the 2020 campaign, but instead re-signed with the Chiefs on a one-year deal that can reach up to $16 million in incentives.

Watkins said he took the deal because he likes playing for the Chiefs, and also noted he has made a decent amount of money in his career.

The former Clemson star previously posited uncertainty with respect to his future just ahead of the Super Bowl with the Chiefs.

Watkins said he would consider sitting out for a year if the Chiefs won the Lombardi Trophy (per ESPN’s Adam Teicher):

“If it suits me and my family and [meets] my needs, for sure,” Watkins said Thursday when asked about possibly renegotiating his contract as the Chiefs prepared for Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers. “But I’m really in a different space right now. I don’t know what I’m going to do. If we win it, I might chill out. I might sit out a year. You just never know.

“Not retiring, but I might just want to rest up and chill. I don’t know. I don’t want to say I’m going to do something, but you never know. I might want to go somewhere else and create another Super Bowl team. So it’s just all about how I’m feeling. I’ve got to sit down with my family, my parents and grandparents and everybody and just see what I want to do.”

However, the 27-year-old will indeed suit up as the Chiefs look to make it back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 2020.

Watkins had his most productive year since 2015 with Kansas City last season, hauling in 52 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns. He was also dominant in the playoffs, tallying 14 catches for 288 yards in three contests. Watkins made one of the biggest plays of the Super Bowl, beating San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman for a 38-yard gain to set up the go-ahead touchdown for the Chiefs.

The former first-round pick will look to add to the trophy case this fall.