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Ben Watson | Tight End | #82

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (32) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Ravens TE Ben Watson has agreed to a pay cut.
Watson has agreed to slash his salary from $3 million to $1.25 million, of which just $750,000 is fully guaranteed. He can earn back the missing $1.75 million through incentives. It's hardly surprising, as Watson is 36 and recovering from a torn Achilles'. The move greatly enhances his odds of cracking the Ravens' 53-man roster. The team would like Watson's veteran presence in an otherwise young, injury prone and inexperienced tight end group. Jun 13 - 1:09 PM

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Ravens TE Ben Watson (Achilles') returned to individual drills Tuesday.

Watson has been sidelined since tearing his Achilles' last preseason. The 36-year-old has said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab, and a return to even a limited practice in June suggests he is telling the truth. Still, he will likely be limited into training camp. With Dennis Pitta and his 121 targets gone, Watson could return TE2 value if he is able to rediscover his pre-injury form.
Jun 13 - 11:56 AM

Ben Watson (Achilles') reiterated he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.

Watson called the recovery the "toughest, longest and most strenuous rehab" of his career after tearing his Achilles' last preseason. "I'm at the point now where I'm very close," Watson said. "I'm able to do pretty much everything to some extent." Watson is the elder statesman of a crowded tight end group in Baltimore. Perhaps due to the team's lack of quality receiver depth, Baltimore could use more two- and three-tight end sets on offense this season.
May 17 - 9:06 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said TE Ben Watson (Achilles') is ahead of schedule.

Watson tore his Achilles' last August. If he is ahead of schedule, Watson should be ready for training camp, but it will not be surprising if a 36-year-old struggles in his return from a serious injury. It is possible Watson and Dennis Pitta are competing for one roster spot.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 10:57 AM

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun believes retaining Ben Watson (Achilles') and Dennis Pitta "could be an either/or situation" for the Ravens.

The Ravens currently have six tight ends on the roster and need cap space, but their "depth" at the position consists of injury-riddled and underwhelming talent, which makes moving on from both veterans difficult. Cutting Pitta would earn Baltimore slightly more room ($3.3 million vs. $3 million), but Watson is older and coming off an Achilles' tear. Unless Pitta is willing to take another pay cut, this will be a tough decision.
Feb 9 - 10:51 AM

Ben Watson suffered a torn Achilles' in Saturday's preseason game.

Watson went down on the first play of the night. It's a huge blow to a pass game that relies heavily on tight ends. The Ravens could end up getting nothing on the two-year, $7 million deal they gave Watson this offseason. With Maxx Williams sidelined, Baltimore is down to Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 07:25:00 PM

MMQB's Peter King came away from Ravens' camp believing Ben Watson will catch 70 passes if he stays healthy this season.

King admits he only saw one practice, but it was obviously impressive. Watson earned a two-year, $8 million contract from the Ravens with a 74/825/6 showing for the Saints last year, but his path to targets is much more muddled in Baltimore, with Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Dennis Pitta also vying for playing time. While someone could emerge, this is a situation to avoid right now in fantasy.
Source: MMQB
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 09:13:00 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley listed Ben Watson as the starter at tight end.

While the Ravens have questions throughout their entire offense, the tight end spot is the most confusing. After being signed to a two-year, $7 million deal in free agency, Watson probably enters camp as the starter, but he will face competition from Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and perhaps even Dennis Pitta. Unless someone clearly emerges, this will be a situation to avoid.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:54:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 03:05:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 01:38:00 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.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 01:42:00 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.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 07:48:00 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.
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 02:41:00 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.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 06:07:00 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.
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 12:50:00 PM

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