The Ben Watson signing didn’t make sense from the beginning, but now that he is suspended it makes the move an even more questionable one by the New England Patriots.
In a statement on his Twitter, Ben Watson announced that he was suspended for 4 games for failing a Performance Enhancing Drug test. According to Watson, he was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate which triggered the failed drug test.
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In his statement, Watson also makes it clear that the New England Patriots knew about the suspension before signing him. So I have to ask why did the team still sign him?
I’m not expecting Watson to have a major impact on the field. He is 38 years old and isn’t the same player that he was when he first joined the Patriots in 2004.
The major impact that Watson will have on the team is his leadership. He will be a great locker room presence who can help rookies adjust to NFL life. Watson has Super Bowl experience and knows what it takes to get there.
If New England knew about the suspension why not just bring him on as a coach. He is a glorified one right now so why not just officially give him the title. Then you could use his open roster spot to get a better player and not have to worry about someone being suspended.
Also, the team would probably save some money. Even though Watson took a discount he definitely wouldn’t be getting the same contract if he was just a coach.