Well, that was short-lived. Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson said that he was going to retire following the 2018-2019 season, but reports surfaced on Thursday suggested he was considering playing next year.
Now, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Watson is planning on signing with the New England Patriots, who he began his career with.
Former #Patriots TE Benjamin Watson is planning to sign back with New England again. There are a few issues to work through, but those won’t hold up the deal. The former first round pick will be back home again.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2019
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Watson is signing a one-year, $3 million deal.
Patriots intend to sign former Saints’ tight end Ben Watson to a one-year, $3 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2019
Watson, 38, was drafted in the first round by the Patriots back in 2004 and spent the first six seasons of his career with New England. During his tenure with the Pats, Watson played in 71 games (47 starts) and hauled in 167 receptions for 2,102 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last season, Watson had 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
Watson had some interest from other teams, but opted to return to a franchise he's familiar with. Also, he should be featured a lot more in New England than anywhere else with Rob Gronkowski calling it a career.