REPORT: Chiefs Projected to Lose Sammy Watkins, Le’Veon Bell to AFC Rivals
If the Kansas City Chiefs do win the Super Bowl again this season, they may have a tougher time defending that championship come next season.
Following some hefty contract extensions for their cornerstone players in 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs head into the postseason with approximately $4.46 million in salary cap space, ranked 20th in the NFL according to Spotrac.
Among the team’s most prominent unrestricted free agents will be veteran WR Sammy Watkins, RB Le’Veon Bell and CB Bashaud Breeland.
Pro Football Focus released its list of the top 100 free agents for 2021 and the site predicted that the Chiefs would lose both Watkins and Bell to AFC contenders, but retain Breeland on a new multi-year contract.
PFF predicts the Baltimore Ravens will sign Watkins to a three-year, $30 million contract with $21 million in total guarantees.
“Once looking like a future star, Watkins has leveled off as a complementary receiver over the past few years. He’s never gotten back to his career-high 89.8 grade in 2015, though he posted solid grades between 69.0 and 74.0 from 2016 to 2019 across three different teams. Watkins’ 64.4 overall grade in 2020 is the lowest of his career, though he always seems good for a couple of dominant games per season, and last year it showed up at the right time during the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run.”
PFF sees Bell heading south to Miami on a two-year, $10 million deal.
“This season, Bell ended with a 73.9 overall PFF grade and averaged more than three yards per carry after contact in addition to dropping just one pass. He won’t break the bank anymore and could be a useful addition to a backfield lacking in talent.”
PFF has Breeland re-upping with the Chiefs on a similar two-year deal worth $10 million ($5.5 million guaranteed).