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07/27/17 - WR Sammy Watkins has been given a clean bill of health and participated fully in the first camp practice, though it seems likely that the Bills will take it easy on him as a precautionary measure.
07/27/17 - WR Sammy Watkins has not had his fifth-year option for 2018 picked up by the Bills. Watkins claims he's not bothered by what might be perceived as a slight since about 75 percent of the 2014 first-round contracts were picked up for the fifth year. "I'm not concerned about (the fifth-year option decline), that's the coaches and the owner," he said. "I haven't even put any thought in it. At the end of the day it's a business. My job is to catch as many balls and touchdowns to help this team win. Everything else will play out. I have to earn it. No chip (on my shoulder), I just have to stay healthy and go out and make the plays I need to make." Watkins was asked if he feels a burden to perform up to his draft status, especially given how the first three years have gone. "I have nothing to prove," he said. "I know what I'm capable of doing. I've made plays in this league and my job is to go out and earn it this year. I want to earn it; I don't want anything handed to me. My job is to earn it like I did all my life."
06/08/17 - WR Sammy Watkins has been easing his way back to health after undergoing surgery on his left foot in January. Bills coach Sean McDermott announced that Watkins would work in a limited capacity Thursday after returning to individual drills two days ago during organized team activities. "This is one step in that process to get him back to where he needs to be," McDermott told reporters on Thursday.
05/02/17 - WR Sammy Watkins had his fifth-year option declined by the Bills on Tuesday. The decision means Watkins will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2017 season. The option for 2018 was for $13.258 million. Watkins has experienced injury issues during his first three NFL seasons and played in just eight games last season due to a foot injury. "Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision," Bills coach Sean McDermott said in a statement. "There is no question that Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason.
04/15/17 - WR Sammy Watkins remains in limbo as the Buffalo Bills still have not decided to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. That decision will be discussed internally over the next couple of weeks before the May 2 deadline, according to WGR 550's Sal Capaccio. Watkins, 23, is under contract for another season with a salary cap hit of $6.343 million.
If the Bills pick up his option, it will cost them about $13 million against the cap in 2018. Watkins, drafted fourth overall out of Clemson in 2014, missed half of last season because of a foot injury. He underwent two surgeries on the left foot. New Bills coach Sean McDermott said recently that his star wideout has suffered "no setbacks" in his rehab from the second foot surgery in January. "Sammy looks good," McDermott said. "There's been no setbacks. We expect him to keep attacking the rehab process, as he's been doing." Watkins underwent the first procedure in April but experienced issues after playing in two games and was placed on injured reserve. He returned to play in the final six games. Watkins caught 28 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns last season. He caught 60 or more passes in each of his two NFL seasons and established career bests of 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015.