New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson has spent the last 15 years with four different teams, and hasn’t played a playoff game in five years. He’ll be in the playoffs this year, but those are poised to be his final NFL games.
On Thursday, Watson revealed that he’s planning on retiring at the end of this season.
The 38-year-old Watson has played in all 15 of New Orleans’ games this season, starting four of them.
He currently has 33 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns.
Saints TE Benjamin Watson said he’s planning on retiring after this season.
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 27, 2018
Watson was a first-round draft pick by the New England Patriots in the 2004 NFL Draft. He finished the season on injured reserve, but received a Super Bowl ring after the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
He played six seasons in New England before signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2010.
After three years in Cleveland, Watson signed for the New Orleans Saints. In 2015, during his first stint in New Orleans, Watson had a career-year at age 35. He had career highs in receptions (74), targets (110), and receiving yards (825).
Watson signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 but spent that year on injured reserve.
After an underwhelming 2017 with the Ravens, he signed a one-year contract with the Saints in 2018.
He famously caught Drew Brees’ 500th career touchdown pass on October 21, 2018 – ironically, against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.