By Simon A Chester
The legal tampering window for signing impending free agents is less than 24 hours old and already two of the highest rated wide receivers available have found new homes.
Despite missing the entire 2017 season because of an ACL injury, former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson has agreed to a $42 million contract that includes a signing bonus worth $25 million over three years. Hours later, former Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams receiver Sammie Watkins accepted a three-year deal from the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly worth $48 million with $30 million guaranteed.
Watkins becomes the third-highest paid wide receiver in the league upon signing, earning an average of $16 million a season and just $1 million less per year than Antonio Brown receives. Robinson will rank as the seventh-highest paid at his position with $14 million a season, according to numbers from OverTheCap.com.
Wherever he is right now, Le’Veon Bell’s head must be exploding.
The last formal contract offer the Pittsburgh Steelers star running back acknowledged he rejected was worth an average of $13.3 million, paying $42 million over the first three years and an unknown guarantee. However, team history suggests the signing bonus would have been under $19 million considering the bonus Brown received for a bigger...