Patriots to sign tight end Benjamin Watson, per report

The New England Patriots look to be getting some additional help at tight end with a familiar figure.

Benjamin Watson plans to end his retirement and sign with the team, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Watson, 38, was a first-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2004 and spent the first six years of his career in New England. He played for the New Orleans Saints in 2018, catching 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns before announcing in December via Instagram his plan to end his football career.

Rob Gronkowski's decision in late March to retire signaled a reshuffling at tight end for the Patriots this offseason. New England signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse but also traded Jacob Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks and released Dwayne Allen.

The Patriots opted not to use one of their 10 draft picks on a tight end, though the team later signed undrafted free agent Andrew Beck.

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