The New England Patriots are fixing their roster, and they re-signed a tight end.
Benjamin Watson made his way to New England. He may delay his retirement plans and will probably ink a deal with the New England Patriots. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that there are some points to go work on, but that deal is definitely happening.
Schefter added that the tight end will agree to a one-year deal worth $3
“Patriots intend to sign former Saints’ tight end Ben Watson to a one-year, $3 million deal, per source.”
Watson visited the Patriots on Thursday. The San
Francisco 49ers, Bills and Chiefs are also considered an option. However, the Patriots
will be his first and last stop of Watson’s tour.
This move is sort of a homecoming for Watson. The team
selected him in the first round in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He played
six seasons with the team, and even helped them win Super Bowl XXXIX. Watson totaled 167 receptions for 2,102 yards
and 20 touchdowns during his time in New England.
After leaving Foxboro, Watson made stops with the
Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. He found a spot in New Orleans, and his
most productive season was in 2015. In that season, Watson was able to catch 74
passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns.
Last season, the tight end appeared in 16 regular
games and caught 35 of his 46 targets for 400 yards and two touchdowns. Watson
planned to put an end to his career, but changed his mind and will probably go
back to the place where it all started.
This is a rather smart move for the New England
Patriots as they lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement. Gronk walked away from the
game, and the Patriots cut ties with Dwayne Allen who inked a deal with the
Miami Dolphins. Jacob Hollister was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, and the
unit is really poor at the moment. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is given a role in
the passing game, and former Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse will have a role,