Everybody in Patriots Nation was wondering who was going to be trying to replace Rob Gronkowski. Well, that question has been temporarily answered. The Patriots went back to their roots and signed tight end Benjamin Watson to a one year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2019
The Familiarity Factor Comes Into Play
Watson is no stranger to the Patriots system. He started with the team in 2004 and played through the 2009 season. In his 6 year career, Watson caught 20 touchdown passes, including having 6 of them in the 2007 season (which we like to forget) which ties a career season high for him. Since his Patriots days, he has made stops in Cleveland, New Orleans, and Baltimore. It will be good for Watson to potentially end his career where he was drafted and have a final shot at another Super Bowl ring.
It Adds Vital Tight End Depth
With the Patriots intending to sign Benjamin Watson to a 1-year deal worth up to $3 million, per @AdamSchefter, a look at the TE depth chart (based on experience):
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 9, 2019
This Mike Reiss tweet says it all. The Patriots were lacking depth as we won’t see a majority of those names on the week 1 roster during the 2019-2020 season. Adding Watson added the depth needed for this Patriots team. They signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins earlier this off-season and now they have a tandem that could be one of the more underrated duos in the league.
This is a good job by the Patriots. They had a need and got a guy that can still put up decent numbers, even though he is going into his age 39 season. But hey, we have older players putting up historic numbers (cue Martellus Bennett’s “Hi Tom!” at Super Bowl LI press conference voice), so why not do it? It’s a 1 year deal and he can fill the void for the next potential great Patriots tight end. Is it September 8th at 8:20 pm EST yet?!
-Alan Nahigian (@BigAl2793)