Chiefs news: Kansas City talking to veteran TE Benjamin Watson
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Kansas City Chiefs are talking to veteran TE Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson, Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have continued to add pieces to the puzzle this offseason to build around second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The front office has already added a huge offensive weapon for him in wide receiver Sammy Watkins on a three-year, $48 million deal.

Kansas City has a clear plan of action to present Mahomes with the necessary pieces around him to lead the team to success in the 2018 campaign. According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the team looks to be nearing adding another proven asset to the offense in veteran tight end Benjamin Watson.

Despite being set to enter his 15th season in the league, Watson is still proving to be a highly productive asset in the passing game recording 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 receiving yards and four touchdowns while playing in all 16 regular season games in his lone campaign with the Baltimore Ravens. This marked the fifth time has surpassed 500 receiving yards and the third time that he has posted more than 60 receptions.

His addition to the Chiefs would provide much-needed depth behind Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who has established himself as one of the premier players in the league at the position. Kelce is coming off his second straight season with more than 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards, which put alongside future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez as the only tight ends in franchise history to post consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards.

Watson isn’t necessarily a big-splash move, but it does provide further stability on the offensive side of the ball with an experienced player that can be relied upon a more than serviceable option behind Kelce. The Chiefs will likely work quickly to get him under a short-term deal to add him to the mix this offseason. Kansas City would mark the fifth different team that he has played for in his NFL career.