Chiefs set to sign receiver Sammy Watkins, linebacker Anthony Hitchens

Sammy Watkins has the speed downfield to give Patrick Mahomes a legit home-run threat.
Sammy Watkins has the speed downfield to give Patrick Mahomes a legit home-run threat. AP

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has talked about the importance of getting new quarterback Patrick Mahomes some speed at receiver and becoming faster on defense, too, and they're moving aggressively to fix both issues.

The Chiefs on Tuesday agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins and free-agent inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens, a source confirmed to The Star.

Watkins, 24, has agreed to a three-year deal worth $48 million and $30 guaranteed. Watkins was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2014, when he was taken fourth overall. He was traded to the Rams last year and recorded 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns.

His best professional season, at least statistically, came in 2015, when he caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. Those yardage and touchdown totals were career-highs in spite of the fact that he missed four games with a calf strain and ankle sprain.

The following year he missed eight games with a foot fracture and finished with just 28 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns.

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Sammy Watkins. Here are five things you need to know about the new Chiefs wide out. Photos courtesy of the Associated Press.

Hitchens, 25, has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $9 million per year, a source with knowledge of the contract confirmed. Listed at 6 feet 1 and 234 pounds, Hitchens was a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. 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.

The Chiefs are out here throwing money around and the A-Team is here for it. Join Terez Paylor, Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff on Facebook Live as we discuss the Chiefs' signings of Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens.

ESPN reported the Watkins news first, while NFL Network reported the Hitchens news first. Both moves can be finalized at 3 p.m. Wednesday, when the new league year begins.

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