8 affordable wide receivers for the NOLA Saints to target in free agency

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5. Sammy Watkins

Let’s just get this out of the way — Sammy Watkins isn’t the same Sammy Watkins we once saw at Clemson who the Bills spent a lot of draft capital on to move up and take fourth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Watkins has been in the NFL for eight years and is with his fourth NFL team, which isn’t always a great sign. It’s not as bad as, say Brandin Cooks’ situation, but Watkins’ inability to stay healthy has definitely played a factor in why he’s on his fourth team.

He’s currently with the Ravens, grabbing 27 receptions for 394 yards and a touchdown through nine games and eight starts. Watkins’ injury history paired with his overall lackluster production should make him an affordable option this offseason. He’s only 28 years old, turning 29 in the offseason so he’s still young enough to give a one or two-year deal to.

Watkins isn’t the same guy he once was but we know that now. New Orleans wouldn’t pay him an insane amount of money like the Chiefs did a few years ago and wouldn’t expect him to be a WR2. In the right role, Watkins can be a good player and that’s why I wouldn’t be opposed to NOLA bringing him in on a short-term deal.