Tight end Benjamin Watson is one of the nicest and classiest players in the NFL. He is up there with the likes of Torrey Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, and J.J. Watt when it comes to NFL players giving back to the community. At 37 years old, Watson certainly has a bright future ahead of him post NFL, but it looks like he’s not hanging up the cleats yet.
Watson is an unrestricted free agent and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Kansas City Chiefs are working on a deal to bring in the savvy veteran to pair with Travis Kelce.
Meanwhile, the #Chiefs are looking to add depth and experience at TE, as they are working on a deal for veteran Benjamin Watson.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2018
Watson was signed to a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2015 season. Watson gained good chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco during the 2016 training camp, but unfortunately tore his Achillies in the preseason. Baltimore elected to keep Watson around for a second season, and he produced a solid 2017, notching 61 receptions for 522 yards, and 4 touchdowns, solid numbers for someone in his late 30’s coming off a serious injury.
The Ravens are in desperate need of help at tight end, and while they did show interest in Eric Ebron, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts. With general manager Ozzie Newsome looking to add new faces to both wide receiver and tight end, a return for Watson was unlikely. For now, it would seem to be addition by subtraction if he does elect to sign with Kansas City, as it would open up for the Ravens a likely 3rd round compensatory selection from Ryan Jensen, which was offset by the John Brown signing. Nevertheless, if the Chiefs do add him, it is yet another option gone from the ever thinning market at tight end.