The New Orleans Saints have approved a one-year deal with Benjamin Watson, sources Adam Schefter of ESPN report.
Watson met with the Saints on Tuesday and the deal was completed on Wednesday.
Watson, 37, returned successfully last season after missing out on Achilles tendon injury all year 2016. He led the Ravens with 61 receptions, which also ranked No. 8 under NFL tight ends.
Although he was a frequent target of Joe Flacco, Watson did not do much after the reception, averaging 8.5 yards per catch. He only had two catches of 25 yards or more in 2017.
Watson was drafted in 2004 in the first round by the New England Patriots and is one of six active tight ends with at least 450 catches, 5,000 yards and 40 touchdown catches in a career. His 495 catches have been among the most respected in an NFL tight-end over the last 1
Watson scored an important goal from the field and was one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year last season. Watson's charitable arm, the One More Foundation, worked with the International Justice Mission (IJM), the world's largest international anti-slavery organization to combat human trafficking, modern slavery and other forms of violence against the poor.
Watson and The Saints were very fit in his previous assignment with the 2013-2015 team. He was a respected locker room leader who was voted team captain in his final season in New Orleans. And he had the best year of his career in the same season after the Saints replaced Jimmy Graham with 74 catches for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The Saints attempted to upgrade Free Agent Coby Fleener in 2016, but this move did not happen. I did not expect it. Saints coach Sean Payton called the position a "must" in this offseason. And they were thinking about reuniting with Graham earlier this month before his price got too high.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN contributed to this report.