Chiefs agree to deals with Watkins, Hitchens, reports say

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to deals with wide receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Anthony Hitchens, filling two of their biggest needs in free agency, two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press on Tuesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign Anthony Hitchens.

Hitchens was linked to the Colts even before the legal tampering period began and he was thought of by many as the flawless match for the new 4-3 defense, which will be run by his former linebackers coach in Matt Eberflus. Now he is pairing Hitchens to Ragland for a new interior tandem.

Hitchens was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and spent four seasons with the Cowboys. He started 12 games last season and a full season before that, providing an important player on a defense for a team dealing with constant injuries to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith.

Last season, Hitchens suffered a tibial plateau fracture in the Dallas Cowboys' final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

Hitchens' signing is consistent with the Chiefs' mandate to get younger this offseason. His coverage can be improved, but at 25 years old, he's a solid option in the middle of a defense.

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