A former fourth-round pick, Watts worked primarily as a special-teamer in four seasons with the Chiefs. The Texas A&M product missed just one Chiefs game over the past three seasons, playing at least 70% of Kansas City’s special teams plays in each of the past two.
Watts stands to replace George Odum as a Colts backup safety and steady special-teamer. Odum signed with the 49ers earlier this offseason. Odum, who started seven games at safety last season, earned All-Pro acclaim as a special-teamer in 2020. Watts, 26, made nine tackles during the Chiefs’ three-game playoff run last season.
The Colts have Julian Blackmon and Khari Willis positioned as their safety starters. The former is coming off a torn Achilles, magnifying Indianapolis’ safety depth. The Colts used Andrew Sendejo as a 10-game starter last season; the 12-year veteran is a free agent.
Kansas City is retooling on its back end, having let Watts and longtime contributor Daniel Sorensen walk in free agency. The Chiefs are likely to separate from Tyrann Mathieu as well, having signed Justin Reid early in free agency. Juan Thornhill is going into a contract year.