Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that veteran TE Benjamin Watson is planning to sign with the Patriots. According to Rapoport, there are a few issues to work through, but they won’t hold up the deal.
Adam Schefter confirms the news and adds that Watson receives a one-year, $3 million contract.
The Patriots hosted Watson for a visit Thursday and it sounds like things have progressed to the point where they’re ready to do a deal.
Last year, Watson said he was planning to retire. However, reports from the past few months mentioned that Watson was open to returning for the situation and with Rob Gronkowski calling it a career, the Patriots made a lot of sense for him.
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.
In 2018, Watson appeared in 16 games for the Saints and caught 35 passes for 400 yards receiving and two touchdowns.