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Rams WR Sammy Watkins Not Sure About Future with the Team

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is one of eight regular Rams contributors who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and his situation is the most compelling and perplexing, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

The Rams traded for Watkins during training camp, ostensibly to be their No. 1 receiver, but then couldn’t seem to figure out how to use him.

Watkins, who had a history of injuries in Buffalo, stayed healthy all season but finished fourth on the Rams in receptions (39) and receiving yards (593). Against the Falcons, Watkins was targeted on only four of Jared Goff’s 45 pass attempts, and caught one pass for 23 yards.

It’s fair to ask if Watkins, who had three or fewer receptions in 12 of his 15 games season, would even want to return to the Rams in 2018.

“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.”

Watkins might not have a choice. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he’s also the most likely to receive a franchise or transition tag from the Rams. Such a designation, almost certainly, would keep Watkins on the roster for the 2018 season at a fixed, guaranteed salary.


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