The Los Angeles Rams didn’t just acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins to be a one-year rental. The team is apparently interested in signing Watkins to a long-term extension.
Rams general manager Les Snead wants to lock Watkins up to a long-term deal, but the two sides have not started any negotiations, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Rams shockingly acquired Watkins and a 2018 sixth-round pick from the Bills in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Watkins is on the final year of his rookie contract after the Bills declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his deal.
Los Angeles clearly values Watkins more than the Bills have under their new regime led by coach Sean McDermott. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft broke his foot last May and was never right during the 2016 campaign. Watkins was limited to only eight games, catching 28 passes for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In 2015, Watkins hauled in 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and 9 touchdowns in only 13 games. Clearly, the Rams value him as a legitimate No. 1 option for quarterback Jared Goff, who the team drafted first overall during the 2016 draft.
Gauging Watkins’ worth is tricky at this point, which is why it’s interesting that Snead wants to get a deal done. Watkins is incredibly talented, but his injury history muddles his value.