National Football League free agent rumors: Chiefs agree to terms with WR Sammy Watkins

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Watkins provides another option for new quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will succeed Alex Smith, once Smith's trade to Washington becomes official Wednesday.

The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly reached an agreement with one of the top free agent wide receivers on the market. Watkins' average salary of $16m per year makes him the NFL's third highest paid wide receiver behind Antonio Brown ($17m) and Mike Evans ($16.5m), who signed a five-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Last season with the Rams, Watkins had 39 receptions for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.

Watkins was drafted by the Bills with the fourth-overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, after playing collegiately at Clemson University. He had a solid rookie season before a breakout sophomore campaign in which he caught 60 balls for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hitchens, 25, has agreed to a deal worth $9 million a year. He recorded 84 tackles and two pass deflections in 12 games last season last season but has started 48 games over the last four years. This is according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Watkins' deal can not be finalized until the new league year opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.