The Kansas City Chiefs promoted G Rokevious Watkins from their Practice Squad on Wednesday which is not really news. The interesting part, however, is the fact that they included a $90,000 signing bonus in his contract. The Chiefs have, all season, carried Watkins on their Practice Squad and consistently bumped his level of pay to help entice him to remain in Kansas City. He received the standard salary of $6,000 for two weeks, had that bumped to $7,500 and that just recently had it bumped to $8,000 per week.
Watkins, a 5th round pick of the Rams in 2012, has now pocketed $281,300 in signing bonus money over the last two seasons, putting his two year guaranteed payout well above that of the first pick of the 5th round of the draft. Watkins spent almost all of 2012 on injured reserve, was suspended for one game this year and had battled weight issues which led to his release from the Rams. The Chiefs, according to a League source, also included incentives to try to get Watkins to control his weight in the future.
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