The deadline to physical exercise fifth-year options on 2014 first-round recommendations is approaching, and Sammy Watkins' long-term future using the Buffalo Bills remains with limbo.
The wide receiver, drafted fourth overall out of Clemson three years in the past, has incurred multiple accidental injuries over his first a few seasons, the latest being the foot ailment that gotten him on injured reserve in 2016. The Bills have observed Watkins miss 11 games over the past two years and are generally reportedly hesitant about extending the wideout through 2018.
According to WGR 550's Sal Capaccio, the team has not yet grabbed Watkins' option because the actual fifth year is guaranteed against injury. If Buffalo exercises the alternative, the Bills will shell out around $13 million inside 2018, more than double precisely what Watkins is earning inside 2017.
While new coach Sean McDermott has said recently that their star wideout has sustained "no setbacks" in his rehab and should be in the organization's plans in 2017, it will be hard to evaluate Watkins' value to the team forward motion if he continues in order to miss significant time and NFL 17 Coins Packs in-season.
Appearing on Monday's edition up to the Minute, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport stated that she would be surprised if the Bills do not work out Watkins' option.
Hints at Watkins' future with the club should come in draft night. The Bills are slated to take 10th in the initial round and have been linked to the class's top two wideouts, Mike Williams and Corey Davis. It would be pretty cruel for Buffalo to help draft Williams, a Clemson wideout inside same mold as Watkins, and then choose to be able to bypass the veteran's 6th year, but that's the company.
If Buffalo chooses to never exercise the option, it can always offer Watkins an extension throughout the season or place the franchise tag on him in the offseason if he continues healthy and produces with a level worthy of a prolonged deal. That's a big if.