The Los Angeles Rams saw their promising season come to an abrupt end on Saturday night with a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. As a result, they have quickly shifted their attention toward notable free agents who are set to hit the open market in March, including Sammy Watkins.
Watkins just finished his first campaign with the Rams after being acquired in the preseason from the Buffalo Bills. He played a significant role in their offense, hauling in 39 catches for 593 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Although he didn’t necessarily perform at the level that was expected given his playmaking ability, he did enough to make the Rams believe that he could be a major contributor if he remains in the fold for next season and beyond.
According to Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News, the 24-year-old voiced that he has a strong to desire to re-sign with the Rams on a new deal this upcoming offseason.
“You see this team building something, with the coaching staff and the players,” Watkins said. “It would be a pleasure to come back but, you know, it’s a business. I’m looking forward to talking to the coach and seeing where my future is at.”
This all hinges on how much the Rams are willing to spend on the veteran wide receiver (they could consider using the franchise tag). He didn’t produce the numbers that were expected of him, whereas offseason addition Robert Woods proved to be a much more reliable asset in the passing game while rookie Cooper Kupp also shined.
That’s not to say Watkins can’t bounce back next season and take on a larger role, but the Rams clearly have a lot of other promising talent on their receiving core that can carry an increased load if Watkins leaves. Nonetheless, the Rams have a major decision to make with their star wideout over the next few months.