Ben Watson is officially coming back to the New England Patriots. The 38 year old is coming out of retirement and even though it’s nice to see a familiar face the Pats may have made a mistake.
In a rather sudden and surprising move, Ben Watson is coming out of retirement after signing a 1 year deal with the Patriots.
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Now I love what Watson has done with the Patriots. He spent the majority of his career in New England racking up 167 catches, 2,102 yards, and 20 touchdowns.
Watson was one of the best tight ends in franchise history. The key word there is was.
By the end of the 2019 regular season, Watson will be 39 years old. For such a physical position like tight end that is extremely old.
I don’t know if the New England Patriots made the right decision signing Watson. He may have been a cheap pickup, but I would rather New England make a move for someone who could be more impactful.
The best thing that Watson offers is wisdom and a quality locker room presence. He will be a leader and teach the Patriots ragtag group of tight ends how to be a member of the best organization in professional sports.
In the end I think the Patriots are basically paying Watson to be a coach/mentor without the title. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is probably a better tight end right now.
Hopefully I’m wrong and Watson is still a great player, but I don’t think Patriots fans should expect him to be even half as good as Gronk.