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After the dust settled over the weekend, a quiet off season was capped off by some big names switching organizations. On Friday evening, the league office approved of Sammy Watkins being dealt to the Duval Dinos along with Travis Kelce in exchange for DeAndre Hopkins, a 2018 first and second round pick, and troubled rookie D’onta Foreman.
Watkins foot surgeries were a big reason that GM Josh Cockley moved the former Clemson Tiger. Citing Hopkins being more reliable, Cockley and his front office were excited about the sense of certainty and security they had with Hopkins, instead of putting their faith into team doctor’s hands with a player like Watkins.
Along with the durable Hopkins, Cockley was able to acquire future picks for the 2018 draft, and D’onta Foreman. Even though D’onta Foreman was arrested a few weeks ago, he’s being counted on to give the team some depth behind starters Devonta Freeman and Ameer Abdullah.
The Duval Dinos were ecstatic after acquiring the duo of Kelce and Watkins, especially when looking at team needs. “We’ve missed Kelce since we had to part ways with him a couple seasons ago due to a title push, and both sides understand the business aspect of the game. We’re excited to have Travis back in the mix here in Duval, and from our conversations with him, he’s just as excited to be back with us and help us compete for more titles.”
Sammy Watkins, taking the starting position of another former Clemson Tiger, looks to bolster a wide receiver corps that under performed last year. Watkins, if healthy, is poised to set the pace with Odell Beckham Jr., for the rest of the team to make another playoff push after missing the postseason last year.
The is a staff report from the 10D1B league office.