Ben Watson Visiting Patriots, Also Considering Chiefs, Bills & 49ers


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that free agent TE Ben Watson is visiting with the Patriots on Thursday.

According to Schefter, Watson is also considering the Chiefs, Bills and 49ers as potential landing spots.

Last year, Watson said, via an NFL films video, that he plans to retire after the 2018 season.

“It’s time. It’s time to be done. I’m going to finish strong,” Watson said.

“You hope you get to exit on your own terms, you hope you get to exit with a great win, and it’s been great to be a part of this team and have this sort of winning at this point of my career,” Watson added.

However, it’s been clear that he’s open to returning for the 2019 season, despite the retirement talk. 

Watson, 38, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2004. He spent six years in New England before joining the Browns in 2010.

Watson signed on with the Saints for the 2013 season and spent three years in New Orleans before joining the Ravens on a two-year, $7 million contract in 2016.

The Saints brought Watson back last year on a one-year contract. He’s currently an unrestricted free agent. 

In 2018, Watson appeared in 16 games for the Saints and caught 35 passes for 400 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

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