Benjamin Watson could reunite with Patriots
After playing this last season with the New Orleans Saints Benjamin Watson decided to hang up the cleats, but that could be short-lived, and there is a chance he could sign with the New England Patriots. On Thursday morning Adam Schefter appeared on WEEI’s Mut and Callahan and said he wouldn’t be shocked if Watson decided to come out of retirement to join his former team.
Adam Schefter on @MutCallahan: I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben Watson unretires and ends up in New England.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) April 25, 2019
Watson was drafted with the 32nd pick out of Georgia by the Patriots in 2004, and he spent his first six years During his time in Foxborough he totaled 167 receptions for 2102 yards and 20 touchdowns. After leaving New England, he bounced around the league playing with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints.
He didn’t have much success with the Browns and the Ravens, but he did start to settle in with the Saints and last year he caught 35 passes for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
With Rob Gronkowski retiring the Patriots have a massive hole at tight end that they need to figure out how to fill. Watson isn’t that answer entirely, but it would be at least a step in the right way. No one is going to be able to fill the production of Gronkowski and two guys might not even be able to do it, but Watson would be a reliable weapon.
If the Patriots don’t draft a tight end in the first few rounds, don’t be surprised if Watson isn’t brought in early next week for a look.