Report: Chiefs hope to keep WR Watkins

The Kansas City Chiefs hope to keep wide receiver Sammy Watkins in 2020, despite speculation about his possible departure, NFL Network reported Tuesday.Watkins’ salary-cap hit climbs next season to $21 million — the highest of any NFL wideout — in the final year of a three-year, $48 million deal he signed in free agency in March 2018. The Chiefs, who currently have about $19 million in cap space, could free up $14 million by releasing or trading Watkins.But according to the report, the Chiefs hope to bring Watkins back, potentially with a contract extension or adjustment.Watkins was asked before the Super Bowl about possibly renegotiating his contract, and he replied by suggesting he might not play at all in 2020.”If it suits me and my family and my needs, for sure,” he told reporters. “But I’m really in a different space right now. I don’t know what I’m going to do. If we win, 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.”Watkins has not yet elaborated on those comments since the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday.

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