Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins took less money to remain with the defending Super Bowl champions. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Sammy Watkins fine with less money to win with Chiefs

After spending his first three seasons with the struggling Buffalo Bills, Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has no interest in leaving Kansas City anytime soon. 

In order to stay with the Chiefs for the 2020 campaign, Watkins agreed to restructure his contract. The 27-year-old will now make $9 million this coming season, as opposed to the original $14 million he was supposed to make. However, money doesn't seem to be an issue for him. 

"Very important to stay," Watkins said, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. "For what we did in winning the Super Bowl and the type of team and coaches we have, the organization, why wouldn't I stay? I'm a guy that's been in the league going on seven years, and I've been on teams that were not so good and were not winning.

"We've got a well-established quarterback, a well-established team, coaches, organization. The real fun is in the winning more than anything."

Watkins continued to say that he's "made enough money" and that Kansas City has become his "happy place."

Watkins has been the Chiefs' third-leading receiver in two seasons behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. He originally said he'd be willing to accept that type of a role if the Chiefs were winning. 

The former fourth-overall pick reeled in 52 receptions last season for 673 yards and three touchdowns. In the Super Bowl, Watkins had five receptions for 98 yards.

During the offseason, Watkins stated he wasn't going to be happy if he didn't get the ball more this coming season. However, it appears he has since backed off that stance. 

"I'm past that. ... I just really want to get back to football," Watkins said. "Every receiver, any player wants to go out there and do well and score touchdowns or catch as many balls as you possibly can and get the yards. I want those type of things."

According to BetOnline.ag, the Chiefs, along with the Baltimore Ravens, currently have the best odds to win the Super Bowl this season at +650. Quite frankly, it's not surprising that Watkins took a pay cut to remain with Kansas City given their odds to repeat as champions. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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