Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins recently told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report that the Bills tried to bring him back to Buffalo this past offseason. However, Bills GM Brandon Beane says that’s not true.
“That’s 100% false. We never spoke to Sammy Watkins or any of his representation about trading for him. Secondly, we never discussed him with anyone in our building that matters. End of discussion,” Beane said (Twitter link via Sal Capaccio of WGR 550).
The Bills did have wide receiver on the to-do list, but they checked that box in mid-March by trading for Vikings star Stefon Diggs. Even before that point, Beane says they did not want to get back into business with Watkins. The former No. 4 overall pick performed when he was healthy and on the field, but he played in just 37 of 48 possible regular season games, and he didn’t finish all of them. Watkins averaged 66 catches, 1,064 yards, and seven touchdowns per 16 games, but his rookie year (2014) marked his only full 16-game slate.
Meanwhile, Watkins tells Dunne that he was in a dark place during his time in Buffalo.
“I would go out and get wasted. Wasted, wasted,” Watkins said. “I just went into a shell where I blocked out the world. I was down. Real bad. Everything around me was bad…I went home into that dark place and was like: ‘F—.’ My whole life is in shambles.'”
Fortunately, Watkins feels at home with the defending world champs. This offseason, he renegotiated his contract to rejoin the Chiefs for one more year with a base salary of $9MM. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, so any teams that are interested in Watkins during the year will need his approval in order to trade for him.
19 comments on “Bills Say They Had No Interest In Sammy Watkins Reunion”
“anyone in the building that matters”.Yikes. Poor choice of words there towards your staff.
Lol no kidding
I find that odd, as well. And his reaction is really defensive, which also strikes me odd.
haha yeah…why is he so salty sheesh?! And why would Watkins randomly make up the Bill’s wanted him back. Curious situation in which nothing actually happened
He has to say it that like that otherwise it could be tampering.
He could’ve easily said “we never approached, Sammy; he is a member of the Chiefs and is under contract with them. We will have no further comment on the matter” Solved.
Someone got fired.
If I had to live in buffalo, I would be wasted every day as well.
Nobody cares. And probably cuz you got a problem with alchohol
Obviously you care to comment clown.
If people in Buffalo knew you were coming there would be a stampede out of town.
The same fans that jump through tables and almost kill themselves? The only entertaining thing coming from the Bills since the 90’s lol.
“Dreams are not merely dreams. No. Watkins believes we all move through an astral realm in which you can manifest outcomes into the physical world. Like this past AFC Championship Game. Yeah, he made that all happen.
He hears voices that tell him when danger’s near.
He knows, for certain, that “words cast spells.”
He knows spirits—”entities,” he calls them—move through us all via the etheric body, one of the seven bodies of multidimensional consciousness. They can be good. They can be evil. They all want to experience our physical world. Most humans are not conscious of them. He is. He can consciously ignore evil spirits trying to cling to him. But he also believes this: When he refuses to let that evil spirit get what it wants in him, it can cling to someone close to him.”
Damn, that’s intense Sammy.
“‘I would go out and get wasted. Wasted, wasted,’ Watkins said.”
Wow. I’m really perplexed as to why the Bills didn’t want him back…
Just another dopey player who is going to sabotage his value by bad mouthing former teams in public.
Or maybe he is someone who is opening up and being vulnerable by sharing the darkest point of his life and trying to make even just one other person feel like it’s okay to have mental health issues and perhaps keep them from from going down a dark path too. But no, it seems like you only own the one broad brush to paint with.
I don’t see him expressing concern for anyone else so your stretching it a bit there I think.
Watkins was WAY too fragile to effectively BE an actual Buffalo Bill, and then there is the fact that his stupid mouth was constantly writing checks his butt could not cash…the guy was even insulting to working class Buffalo Bills fans….The Buffalo Bills really want and need a championship team….BUT!!! Sammy Watkins was never “the missing link” in The Buffalo Bills….he is better off elsewhere and the Bills are infinitely better with him gone….