The Ravens have stayed busy and have agreed to terms with tight end Benjamin Watson. Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec was the first to report the move.
Ravens have agreed in principle to a deal with free agent TE Benjamin Watson, per source
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 8, 2016
The deal on the surface does make some sense when you consider the team has some question marks heading into the season regarding the tight end position. 2nd year pro Nick Boyle has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season due to a second offense for performance enhancing drugs. Starter Crockett Gilmore recently had offseason surgery on both shoulders and is questionable to play in the teams opener. That leaves 2015 2nd round pick Maxx Williams as the only other tight end on the roster. The team does also have Dennis Pitta but he is expected to either retire or be place on injured reserve after two severe hip injuries.
For the Saints Watson became expendable after the team re-signed Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui. In 2015 the former Georgia Bulldog caught 74 passes for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns. The 35 year old vet will be entering his 14th NFL season.