Watkins said after Sunday's final game that he was leaning toward not having the second surgery, but he did not rule out the possibility. Apparently, he has decided to have the operation, although he did not speak with reporters Monday.
Watkins, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was limited to eight games this season because of problems with his foot. Watkins had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot after last season. He returned to training camp, but was sidelined in Week 3.
Watkins was placed on injured reserve in October, but was able to play the final six games of the season.
This season, he had 28 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
Watkins discussed his offseason objectives Sunday.
"First of all I think, just being in the best shape," Watkins said, according to the Buffalo News. "Getting on that track, being in track shape ... so when it's the fourth quarter, I can keep pushing through. Building my body up to take blows. Stuff like that.
"I didn't have the time to do that. So I was just always either getting popped up or hurt, injured here, never had an offseason. I think that's one of the biggest things. You've got to have a nice offseason and get as much work in as you can."