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Ben Watson | Tight End

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (32) / NE
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Ravens agreed to terms with TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Saints, on a two-year, $8 million contract.
Although Watson isn't one of the bigger names of free agency, it's one of the most surprising deals. The New Orleans media widely expected Watson to re-up with the Saints, while the Ravens already have young tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams in tow. That's not to mention a suspended Nick Boyle. The Ravens are clearly concerned about Gillmore's shoulder and back operations. Now 35, Watson had a renaissance 2015 in New Orleans, but caught only 39 passes from 2013-14. Watson was a legitimate TE1 last season, but figures to tumble back down the ranks in Baltimore. Mar 8 - 3:05 PM

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ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Ravens have "strong, strong interest" in free agent Ben Watson.

It's a bit of a surprise, as the Ravens already have young guns Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams in the fold. Williams was a rookie disappointment, however, while Gillmore is recovering from back and shoulder surgeries. Watson is a versatile veteran coming off a career year, albeit at the age of 35.
Mar 8 - 1:38 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said it's "hard to imagine" New Orleans not re-signing free agent TE Ben Watson.

Triplett describes Watson as a "great fit" for the Saints both on and off the field. He's also coming off a career year that included 74 catches, 824 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Triplett mentioned Ladarius Green, Zach Miller, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen as possible replacements should Watson leave.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 1:42 PM

Free agent TE Ben Watson has been in talks with the Saints.

"I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis)," Watson said. "I’d love to be playing there. If not there, we’ll see where else. I think I’ll know more in about a month." Coming off a career year, Watson expects to return for at least one more season. 35-year-old Watson could be willing to settle for a one-year deal.
Feb 5 - 7:48 PM

Free agent TE Ben Watson would like to re-sign with the Saints.

"I still enjoy playing football," Watson said. "I will take the opportunities as they come. I'm kind of in a different place than I was the last couple times I was in free agency, whereas now I'm a little more relaxed about it. I'm waiting to see what doors open and what doors close." Watson had previously been noncommittal on his 2016 status, but he'll continue playing if it's with the Saints. It's possible Watson will hang it up if New Orleans isn't interested in a new deal.
Jan 25 - 2:41 PM

Ben Watson caught 6-of-10 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

Watson finishes his out-of-nowhere age-35 campaign with 74 grabs for 825 yards and six touchdowns. The yards and catches were both new career highs, while the scores matched his 2007 total for the record-setting Patriots. An impending free agent, Watson has been noncommittal on his 2016 status, but would almost certainly be welcomed back with open arms by the Saints, albeit with the understanding that he wouldn't come close to matching his 2015.
Jan 3 - 6:07 PM

Impending free agent TE Ben Watson did not commit to playing in 2016.

"I'm waiting to see what opportunities are there, on both sides, playing, not playing, seeing what the interest is, seeing if there's something else," Watson said. "I enjoy playing, I love football, I love being out here with the guys ... but every year, whether this was the end of my contract or I had two years left, I kind of approach it the same way." Watson set a career-high in receiving yards despite turning 35 in December, and he is just one catch and two touchdowns from setting career marks in those categories as well. Watson should not be an offensive focal point at this point in his career, but he has proven he can still be an effective complementary weapon. New Orleans should be interested in keeping him around if he decides to keep playing.
Jan 2 - 12:50 PM

Ben Watson (knee) is absent from the Week 17 injury report.

Watson was highly limited last week, but is apparently ready for his normal role. He'll be a mid-range TE1 against the Falcons.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:25:00 PM

Ben Watson played only 42-of-80 snaps in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Jaguars.

Watson is normally a near-100 percent player in New Orleans' offense. He entered the game listed as questionable with a knee injury after not practicing at all last week. Watson finished with five yards on two targets. We suspect he'll play Week 17 against Atlanta, but Watson's health is a question mark.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Ben Watson caught 1-of-2 targets for five yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Jaguars.

Playing at far less than 100 percent, Watson (knee) was invisible. It's possible the Saints will have him shut it down for next week's meaningless finale against the Falcons.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:47:00 PM

Ben Watson (knee) is active for Week 16 against the Jaguars.

Watson is at far less than 100 percent after failing to practice all week, but can be fired up as a low-end TE1 in what should be a shootout between two of the league's leakiest pass defenses.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:39:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ben Watson (knee) will play Sunday against the Jaguars.

It's a mild surprise after Watson missed practice all week. He has a gorgeous matchup against the Jags and should be treated as a mid-range TE1. Watson needs one more catch to match a career-high in receptions (68).
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:18:00 AM

Ben Watson (knee) is questionable for Week 16 against the Jaguars.

He was unable to practice all week. Watson is in real danger of missing Sunday's cupcake matchup against Jacksonville. He'll be a solid TE1 if he suits up, but owners should have backup plans.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Ben Watson (knee) missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices.

The Saints are likely just managing their veteran tight end's reps, but no one's availability can be considered a certainty after two missed practices. Watson's status will be updated on Friday. Owners need to have a back-up plan ready just in case.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:37:00 PM

Ben Watson corralled six of 12 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

11 of Watson’s targets came after halftime as Drew Brees threw for 231 second-half yards. His lone touchdown came with 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. Watson is now just two yards away from matching his career-high in receiving yards. He’ll be a low-end TE1 next week against the Jaguars.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:42:00 AM

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QB1Joe Flacco
2Ryan Mallett
3Jerrod Johnson
RB1Justin Forsett
2Buck Allen
3Kenneth Dixon
4Lorenzo Taliaferro
5Terrance West
GLB1Justin Forsett
2Buck Allen
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Buck Allen
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Steve Smith Sr.
2Kamar Aiken
3Jeremy Butler
4Michael Campanaro
5Keenan Reynolds
WR21Mike Wallace
2Breshad Perriman
3Chris Moore
4Marlon Brown
5Chris Matthews
WR31Breshad Perriman
TE1Ben Watson
2Crockett Gillmore
3Maxx Williams
4Dennis Pitta
5Darren Waller
LT1Ronnie Stanley
2Eugene Monroe
3James Hurst
LG1Ryan Jensen
2Blaine Clausell
C1Jeremy Zuttah
2John Urschel
RG1Marshal Yanda
2Stephane Nembot
RT1Rick Wagner
2Alex Lewis
3De'Ondre Wesley
K1Justin Tucker