By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson announced his retirement on Saturday. Watson’s decision came after the Patriots were defeated in the Wild Card round by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL playoffs.
This is Watson’s second retirement. He retired following the 2018 season with the New Orleans Saints.
However, several months later after announcing his first retirement, he signed as a free agent with the Patriots in May 2019. The Patriots thought that Watson could help replace the gaping hole to the offense as tight end with Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.
Watson played 15 seasons in the NFL. He was the second player to announce their retirement on Saturday, as Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander announced his retirement after the Bills were eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston Texans.
The 39-year-old Norfolk, Virginia native was the first-round pick by the Patriots (32nd overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. Besides playing for the Patriots, he also played for the Saints, Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore Ravens.
In his final season, Watson had 10 appearances, including eight starts. He had 17 receptions for 173 yards.
He never had more than 825 yards in a season. In fact when he had the 825 yards in 2015, it was the only time in his career that he had more than 800 yards in a season.
In his career, he appeared in 205 games, including 143 starts. He had 547 receptions for 6,058 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Watson also had two carries for 10 yards and a touchdown in his career. He had one carry for 11 seasons and a touchdown with the Patriots in 2007.
Then, in 2010 with the Browns, he had one carry for -1 yards.
Watson won one Super Bowl in his career. He was part of the Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
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