Bills won't pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option

Bills won't pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option

The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that they will not exercise the wide receiver's fifth-year contract option for 2018.

Staying healthy has been the one big concern regarding Watkins, who has been hampered by an assortment of injuries during his three seasons with the Bills. The Bills can come to a long-term deal with Watkins before he becomes a free agent or they can hit him with the franchise tag, which carries an expected price $3 or $4 million higher than the fifth-year option. The receiver, who has missed 11 games in the past two years because of injuries, is recovering from a second surgery on his foot since suffering a stress fracture last year.

"Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision", coach Sean McDermott said. "We look forward to having a healthy Sammy Watkins on the field in 2017". If the Bills opt not to do those things, he will become a free agent.

Buffalo will still have the opportunity to re-sign Watkins or stick the franchise tag on him after the 2017 season. He begins this season with 153 career receptions and 17 touchdowns to his name for the Bills.

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Fans shouldn't be upset that the team did not pick up Watkins' fifth-year option.

Sammy Watkins' future beyond the 2017 National Football League season just became less clear. McDermott would not say that Jones will win a starting job right away, but the thinking is that he can be a good complement to Watkins (if healthy) next season and possible insurance if Watkins walks in free agency in 2018. The tag would net the wideout more cash in one year than the fifth-year option.

Watkins is now not cleared to participate fully in the team's offseason conditioning program and is not expect to participate in the OTA practice sessions coming up in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, if the receiver gets injured again, the Bills avoided a $13 million problem.

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