38-year old tight end Benjamin Watson intended to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. For his New Orleans Saints, that was a rough way to go out.
Watson played 15 NFL seasons, splitting time between four teams. He has 530 career catches for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns.
A former first-round pick of the New England Patriots, he captured one Super Bowl with the team. He went on to time with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and two tenures with the Saints.
According to a report, Benjamin Watson could come out of retirement in time for next season, if the right opportunity presents itself.
Watson is preparing for the birth of twins, but after that is settled, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says he’ll considering a 16th NFL season.
Former Saints’ TE Benjamin Watson, who intended to retire after last season, is now considering a return to the NFL, according to sources. Watson is currently focused on welcoming twins next week. But after their arrival, he may be open to coming back to the right situation.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2019
Watson has never been a superstar, but he’s been a useful, very productive NFL player for his whole career, and could have some left in the tank.
Of course, the Saints have handled his retirement, and filled his role. The team signed Jared Cook, who had a career year with the Oakland Raiders last fall.
Last fall, Watson caught 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season. He’ll turn 39 in late December.