They were hoping to land Smith-Schuster and sniffed at that attempt, now focusing on Sammy Watkins – having set up a meeting with Watkins this week, by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. With a mutual interest existing between the two, the Ravens are hoping he can somehow be the (one?) Answer to their blatant lack of weapon reception for former league MVP Lamar Jackson.
After meeting the Ravens on Tuesday, Watkins will next travel to Indianapolis to meet the Colts, Rapoport also reported. The Titans and Texans have also expressed interest in Watkins, according to Rapoport.
Watkins began his NFL career as the fourth overall pick for the Buffalo Bills in 2014, and quickly used his speed to make a name for himself. He won 2,029 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons, but was then significantly slowed down by injury in year three – missing eight regular-season games with a broken foot that required surgery to mend – to finally go their separate ways It was a short stint in California, however, Watkins only spent eight games in Los Angeles before signing a three-year, $ 48 million contract that beat the Dallas Cowboys in pursuit. at the time.
He never regained his best form in Kansas City, routinely missing time – roughly an entire season of regular-season games (14) – due to injury, becoming more of a rotating part than a dynamic and consistent playmaker. With Tyreek Hill on the roster, Watkins hoped to be the companion piece, but that role has since been given to Mecole Hardman. His stint with the Chiefs was also blackened by a team suspension imposed in 2019, but the two teams opted to stay together after the winning Super Bowl season in 2020, but he is now a free agent looking for him. a new home in the NFL.
Watkins has delivered 1,613 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Chiefs in the past three seasons combined. In Baltimore, Watkins would help complete Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews. The Ravens are also hoping to be more productive this season from Devin Duvernay, who caught 20 of 26 targets in his rookie season.
In Indianapolis, Watkins would help replace TY Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowler who is currently on the open market. Watkins would provide a veteran presence for a young Colts receiving body that includes Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal. The Colts are surely trying to get more weapons for Carson Wentz, who was acquired through a trade with the Eagles earlier this offseason.