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Report: Rams expected to use franchise tag on Sammy Watkins

The Rams are expected to use the franchise tag on former Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, according to an ESPN report.

Given that the Rams gave up a second-round pick and cornerback E.J. Gaines in the trade with Buffalo last summer, the Rams are aiming to get more than one year from Watkins.

Franchise tag numbers have not been released for the 2018 season, but the wide receiver tag for 2017 was $15.682 million.

Watkins caught 39 passes and had eight touchdowns with the Rams, who won the NFC West.

Watkins, 24, had expressed a desire to remain with the Rams earlier in the week.

“You see this team building something, with the coaching staff and the players,” Watkins said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “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.”

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