The Facts: With one season left on his contract, Watkins hopes he's in the Chiefs' long-term plans but isn't fretting his future days before the Super Bowl. Set to count $21 million against the salary cap with a base salary of $13.75 million, none of which is guaranteed, Watkins understands if the K.C. brass would approach him about a pay cut or just cut him outright. "They might, you never know," he said matter-of-factly.
Diehards Line: The Chiefs could save $14 million in cap space with $7 million in dead money by cutting him this offseason. Watkins said Thursday that taking a pay cut might be something he'd be open to if it kept him employed in the place he's finally found peace. The wideout pointed out he's aware Patrick Mahomes needs to get paid. The story of Watkins' NFL life is one of emotional highs and steep falls. After being selected No. 4 overall in 2014, Watkins generated two productive seasons, compiling 2,029 yards and 15 TDs. Injuries, however, persisted. The Bills jettisoned the former first-round pick in a trade, giving up on him after three seasons and numerous injuries. Watkins spent one season in Los Angeles where he was a secondary weapon with the Rams, then signed a three-year $48 million contract in Kansas City. The 26-year-old believes he's finally found a home in Andy Reid's offense. "(Joining the Chiefs) was the best decision of my life," Watkins said.