- The Bills also added LB Manny Lawson and WR Kolby Listenbee to the Active/Non-Football Injury list.
Players placed on the active/PUP list can return to practice once activated. However, if they remain on PUP list to start the regular season, they would miss at least the first six weeks.
Watkins underwent foot surgery a few months ago to repair a broken bone. However, he’s said recently that he’s close to being 100 percent healthy, so he should come off the list at some point during training camp or the preseason.
Lawson underwent shoulder surgery was expected to be placed on the PUP list to open training camp, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Watkins, 23, is in the third year of his four-year, $19.935 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $2,232,328 for the 2016 season to go along with $3,138,491 next year.
In 2015, Watkins appeared in 13 games for the Bills and recorded 60 receptions for 1,047 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
Lawson, 21, was taken with the No. 19 overall pick by the Bills. Head coach Rex Ryan has been a big supporter of Clemson, but the Bills were cleared focused on improving their defense in this year’s draft, and Lawson should give them a quality pass-rusher to develop in the coming years.
According to OverTheCap.com, Lawson receives a four-year contract worth $10,221,644 to go along with a signing bonus of $5,633,924 . The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.
During his three-year college career at Clemson, Lawson recorded 123 tackles, 45.5 tackles for a loss, 20 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense.