5:07pm: Watson will sign a two-year, $8MM deal with the Ravens, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).
2:04pm: The Saints have lost tight end end Ben Watson to the Ravens, a source tells Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun (on Twitter). The tight end revived his career in New Orleans he will now try and keep things rolling in Baltimore.
The Ravens were in the hunt for a tight end this offseason due to some uncertainty at the position. Dennis Pitta is one of the league’s toughest matchups when healthy, but it has been a long time since he was on the field and productive. Ravens tight end Nick Boyle is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Tight end Crockett Gillmore, who offered solid offensive production in 2015, recently underwent surgery on both of his ailing shoulders. The team does still have rising sophomore Maxx Williams, but Watson will give Baltimore an experienced fallback at the position.
Now, the Saints have some work to do to fortify their tight end situation since Watson is out of the picture and Josh Hill is a restricted free agent. They made one move earlier today at tight end, however, re-signing Michael Hoomanawanui.
Watson was ranked as the No. 7 tight end on PFR’s free agent list, behind Antonio Gates, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Ladarius Green, Zach Miller, and Jared Cook.
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