8. Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald will eventually retire and the Cardinals will have to find a suitable replacement. Watkins isn’t Fitzgerald, but he is better than any other receiver on the Arizona roster at the moment and would make the transition smooth. Carson Palmer is on his last leg and they will need to find a replacement in the next year or two, but that won’t be an easy transition if there isn’t a good receiver to throw the ball to. If he can free up some coverage to get the ball to David Johnson, then Watkins would be worth everything that the Cardinals spend to get him.
7. New England Patriots
Bill Belichick loves to take players from division rivals and show how the player should be used and Watkins would be no different. He is a player that hasn’t even tapped into his potential yet and that is what Belichick does best. He would also give Tom Brady the best receiver that he has had since Randy Moss was with the Patriots. Also, if Brady decided to retire, then Watkins would make it a lot easier on Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots did trade for Brandin Cooks, but the combination of Cooks and Watkins would make the Patriots Super Bowl favorites once again.
6. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles added two receivers through free agency this offseason, but they are both essentially on one-year contracts and Watkins would be a good candidate to replace either of them. He doesn’t have the speed of Torrey Smith or the size of Alshon Jeffrey, but he is younger than both of them and arguably better than either, when healthy. Carson Wentz should be a lot better entering his third season than he will be next season and would be able to make Watkins look really good. The Eagles have a good roster, but would be even better with someone like Watkins.
5. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have two pretty good receivers in Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, but neither of them are a true number one receiver. Watkins would give Adam Gase a receiver that can go up and get the football if Ryan Tannehill gets into troube. Having two speedy receivers would help Watkins because it would free him up more to make some plays. The final thing that Watkins would be able to help with is the running game. Having a receiver like Watkins would free up space for Jay Ajayi to capitalize and dominate like he is capable of.
4. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens like to take receivers from other teams and throw them into their offense. Sammy Watkins on the other side of Breshad Perriman would be fun to watch. Mike Wallace’s contract will be up after this season and he will be on the wrong side of thirty. They could bring Wallace back as well if the money is right and then they would have one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. Joe Flacco succeeds when he has a number of options around him that can go up and grab the ball. Those three on the field at the same time would give them a chance to win any game.
3. Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff still doesn’t have a lot of weapons and will need someone as he enters into his third season. Watkins is big and young and would be the best receiver that Goff has ever played with. He would also open up the running game for Todd Gurley because defenses would have to be honest. Tavon Austin is a good receiver, but he doesn’t have the size of someone like Watkins and having Watkins on the other side would only make Goff better. If the Rams want to turn their team around, then they need to give Goff the best chance to succeed and that would include bringing in someone like Sammy Watkins.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are a bit of a reach because they don’t have a franchise quarterback at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t draft a Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen next year. If they are able to acquire one of the top quarterbacks, then they will need receivers to throw the ball to and Watkins would be a natural fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Last season, Shanahan dealt with another star receiver coming off of the same injury the has hampered Watkins each of the last two years. Shanahan would make Watkins an absolute monster in the NFL.
1. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts make a lot of sense for a number of reasons. Andrew Luck has never had a receiver as talented as Watkins. TY Hilton is a good receiver, but he would be better suited as a number two than a number one. It would give them the best one-two punch that the Colts have had since Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne were catching passes from Peyton Manning. Watkins has also never had a quarterback quite like Andrew Luck and he probably won’t unless he goes to Indianapolis. EJ Manuel is a decent quarterback, but he isn’t in the same league as Andrew Luck. Sammy Watkins to Indy would give them a chance to take back the AFC South.
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