TE Watson contemplating 16th season

Veteran tight finish Benjamin Watson, who meant to retire after final season, is now contemplating a return to the NFL for a 16th season, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

Watson, whose spouse is because of give beginning to twins subsequent week, is perhaps open to returning to the NFL below the precise scenario, the sources stated.

The 38-year-old Watson, whose contract with the New Orleans Saints expired after the 2018 season, ranks 14th amongst tight ends in NFL historical past with 530 profession receptions. Watson has amassed 5,885 yards and 44 landing catches.

He beforehand stated that 2018 can be his closing season within the NFL. A primary-round choose of New England in 2004, the two-time finalist for the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award has additionally performed for the Browns and Ravens.

“I knew coming into this year that it probably would be the last year,” Watson said at the end of last season. “And I think our approach was as a family that we were fortunate to come and play for another year, but you kind of know. It’s been great to be a part of this team and have this sort of winning at this point of my career. But the injuries add up, the body struggles more and more. And it becomes evident that it’s time.”

Watson performed in each sport for the Saints final season, catching 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second stint with the Saints.