Just about three weeks after a life-changing night, Sammy Watkins became the fourth top-10 selection to sign on the dotted line for his rookie contract.
“The best moment of my life right now,” said Watkins, who was picked fourth overall after the Buffalo Bills traded up from pick No. 9. “It’s a great accomplishment. I’m proud to be a Bill. I want to thank the organization for trusting and believing in me."
"Now every day I can worry about football."
The National Football Post reports the deal is for 19.9 million. The projected signing bonus for the contract was $12.8 million alone per Overthecap.com, as part of a four-year deal.
Watkins signs four-year deal
Watkins had been participating in a rookie mini-camp and then joined the rest of the team Wednesday for his first OTA. He’s focused on continuing to build his relationship with starter and former FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel.
"By training camp, we should be perfect," Watkins said.
He is the 11th first-round pick to sign overall. The Bills have taken care of all but second-round offensive tackle pick Cyrus Kouandjio so far.
Buffalo made room for their new star by trading former standout Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers.
Alongside Watkins will be former Southern Cal star Robert Woods (a 2013 second-round pick), Mike Williams (traded from Tampa Bay) and former N.C. State speedster T.J. Graham.