TE Benjamin Watson Plans to Come out of Retirement

Benjamin Watson with the Saints. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It seems like tight end Benjamin Watson isn’t enjoying retirement and would like to return to professional football. Watson, who retired following the end of 2018 NFL season, is reportedly planning to come out of retirement and already has a scheduled visit to New England Patriots who are interested in the 38-year-old’s services.

Watson spent the last year with the New Orleans Saints playing all 16 games and starting four of them. He ended the 2018 season with 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns but failed to make an impact in the playoffs, where he had just one reception for 12 yards. 

If Benjamin Watson ends up signing with the New England Patriots, he would return to the franchise that drafted him 32nd overall in 2004 NFL Draft. Watson spent six years with the Pats, winning a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season, before embarking on stints with Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and two with the Saints.

While Watson might not play a big role with New England in 2019, he can definitely provide veteran leadership and depth to the team’s tight end position that became depleted following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.

Watson’s NFL career stats include 530 receptions for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns.