Fourth overall NFL draft pick Sammy Watkins signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills today, the team announced.
The contract is for four years and is worth an average of $5 million a year. Actually, the deal is worth a total value of $19.9 million, according to a league source. Watkins will get a signing bonus of about $12 million. The top rookie deals are fully guaranteed in the NFL.
"It’s definitely a blessing," Watkins said. "For me it’s to come here and perform, get the playbook down and get bonded with the quarterback and the offense. At the end of the day it’s a blessing. I’ve got to move forward and perform now.”
The Bills moved up five spots in the first round in a trade with the Cleveland Browns to take Watkins, the receiving star from Clemson University. A 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, Watkins owns 23 Clemson records, including career receptions (240), receiving yards (3,391) and touchdowns (27). Last season he caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the Orange Bowl against Ohio State, he had 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Watkins becomes the fourth top-10 draft pick to sign. Last week No. 5 overall pick Khalil Mack signed with Oakland for four years and $18.67 million. This year's first-round deals are running just a fraction higher than last year's. The fourth pick last year, Philadelphia's Lane Johnson, signed for $19.8 million.