Sammy Watkins' Contract Option Reportedly Being Debated by Bills

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Sammy Watkins #14 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after an incompletion during their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on December 4, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills are reportedly still engaging in an internal debate about whether to pick up the fifth-year option in the rookie contract of wide receiver Sammy Watkins.        

On Thursday, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reported the Bills are going to discuss the matter "over the next couple weeks" leading up to the May 2 deadline. Picking up his option would cost the organization around $13 million in cap space for the 2018 season.

The decision-making process at 1 Bills Drive has remained a mystery since the team hired Sean McDermott to replace Rex Ryan as head coach.

In March, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported there was an organizational split concerning whether to keep Tyrod Taylor as the team's starting quarterback. Buffalo ultimately reached an agreement with the signal-caller on a restructured contract before the March 11 deadline.

Although keeping Watkins for another season seems like a no-brainer on the surface, it doesn't appear like any choice is coming easy for the Bills right now.

La Canfora reported last month there were already "rumblings that the marriage of McDermott and Bills GM Doug Whaley likely isn't built to last."

Watkins has dealt with recurring foot problems since Buffalo traded up to select him with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft. While his play hasn't matched the standard expected by that high of a pick, he's still by far the most explosive receiver on the team's roster.

The 23-year-old Clemson product has tallied 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns across 37 games in a run-first offense.

It would come as a shock if the Bills didn't pick up Watkins' 2018 option since it would create another void on a roster with several to fill already. But poor decisions are a key reason the team owns the league's longest playoff drought at 17 years.


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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