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Free-agent WR Sammy Watkins to visit Ravens on Tuesday, per report

The Ravens’ search for a wide receiver could lead to a former Super Bowl champion.

Free-agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins is set to visit with the Ravens on Tuesday, according to the NFL Network. He’s also scheduled to visit the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, according to ESPN, and has drawn interest from the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

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Watkins, 27, has a few ties to the Ravens staff. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft spent two seasons in Buffalo with Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, recording a career-best 1,047 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2015. His personal coach, Keith Williams, was also hired as the Ravens’ pass game specialist this offseason.

Watkins spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching 37 passes for a career-low 421 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2020. He’s dealt with several injuries throughout his career, playing in all 16 games just once as a rookie with the Bills. Watkins missed six games last season with a hamstring injury and sat out another six games in 2018 with a foot injury. He missed 14 games during his three-year stint in Kansas City but played a key role in helping the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV, catching 14 catches for 288 yards during the 2020 postseason.

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The Ravens reportedly tried to strike a deal with JuJu Smith-Schuster last week before he re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The market has thinned since the start of the legal tampering period last Monday, with top targets Kenny Golladay, Corey Davis and Will Fuller V signing big-money deals elsewhere.

The Ravens have had one of the NFL’s least productive wide receiver rooms since quarterback Lamar Jackson entered the NFL; last season, they were the only team with under 2,000 receiving yards at the position (137 catches for 1,729 yards). Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has shown flashes of being a potential No. 1 receiver, and Miles Boykin and Devin Duvernay are both former third-round picks with impressive athleticism, but the team lacks a proven possession wide receiver.

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