The New England Patriots are in need of a good tight end. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots, announced his retirement from the league one month after the team won a championship title on Super Bowl LIII.
According to recent reports, Benjamin Watson could be joining the Patriots for one season, should he decide to come out of retirement. He announced his retirement following the 2018 NFL season, his 15th in the league, but it looks like he might be coming back:
Watson spent six seasons of his NFL career in New England. During that time, he played alongside quarterback Tom Brady. When Watson announced his retirement, Brady decided to come forward and share a few words about his former teammate:
“Ben’s been a great friend for a long time and had an incredible career. He’ll certainly be missed. He had a great impact on this team and every team he played for because of the person he is. He’s just a great man, great father, great husband, great player, great teammate. We’ll always be in touch, so I wish him nothing but the very best.”
Head coach Bill Belichick also spoke very highly of him:
“Both great players, guys I have a lot of respect for. I knew Ben from when he was here but have stayed in contact with Ben through the course of his career. Kyle, I got to know at the Pro Bowl. That was a long time ago, and I’ve seen him on a regular basis. Both guys are good people, great players who had great careers. I have a lot of respect for both of them.”
In addition to playing for the Patriots, Watson spent three years with the Cleveland Browns, three with the Saints and two with the Baltimore Ravens before returning to New Orleans last season.