Benjamin Watson's retirement lasted about three months. Then he signed with the Patriots to chase a ring after coming close in 2018. Soon thereafter, he was suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for a banned substance he took to help him recover when he thought his playing days were over. Waiting four weeks for Watson's return should take him off of Draft Day wish lists, even if he's playing with Tom Brady. He's never had more than six scores in a season, nor has he had more than 825 yards in a year. Only once has he done both in the same season (2015 with the Saints), and it took 110 targets to get it done. While it's fun to speculate that Watson will be the next "Gronk," the 38-year-old doesn't have Gronk's size or speed. He also won't play until October. Wait for him to come back from suspension and consider him off waivers as a touchdown-or-bust tight end, particularly against the Giants in Week 6 (not against Washington in Week 5).
Watson announced Sunday that he'll be suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for a banned substance. Watson took the substance while he was planning for retirement and seeking out other career opportunities, and with that, it doesn't appear he will appeal the suspension. As a result, Watson will be ineligible to play until Week 5, leaving Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse as the top candidates for the starting job at tight end early in the season.
Watson (appendix) has officially signed a contract with the Patriots, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. The deal is expected to be for one year and $3 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, which is a slight pay raise from the one-year, $2 million deal Watson got from the Saints last offseason. The 38-year-old tight end immediately steps in as the presumed No. 1 option on the depth chart and should handle a role that offers obvious touchdown upside within a Tom Brady offense.
Watson (appendix) is expected to sign a contract with the Patriots in the near future, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. There are still a "few issues" to sort out, but those issues aren't expected to hold up the deal and it looks like the 14-year vet will return to the team that made him a first-round pick in 2004. Watson figures to step into the No. 1 role in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement, with Austin Seferian-Jenkins on hand to serve as a receiving complement.
Ansah (appendix) plans to continue his football career and has scheduled a visit with the Patriots on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Watson missed the NFC Championship Game due to appendicitis and then considered a transition to the broadcast booth after the season. The Saints replaced him with Jared Cook in March, but plenty of other teams could still benefit from Watson's presence, including the franchise that drafted him in the first round back in 2004. The 38-year-old tight end reportedly also has interest from the Bills, Chiefs and 49ers if things don't work out with New England. A Patriots reunion would offer the most potential for fantasy value, but even that might be a stretch at this point in Watson's career.
Watson (appendix) is considering a return to the NFL for his 16th season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Watson appeared poised for retirement following the Saints' NFC Championship loss, but the veteran tight end may not be willing to hang up the laces just yet. The 38-year-old was a surprisingly critical factor in the team's offense for much of last season, registering 400 receiving yards and two touchdowns despite starting just four games, forcing tight ends Josh Hill and Dan Arnold to each take on more of a supporting role. The Saints clearly value Watson's leadership, but even if the 14-year vet were to return for another season, it's unclear if it would be for New Orleans considering the offseason addition of Jared Cook.
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|3||09/22||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||19||7.38|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
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