When the Patriots released veteran tight end Benjamin Watson earlier this month, it seemed it may be the end of the line for the 38-year-old. However, the Patriots ended up re-signing Watson a week later. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Watson told him this week that if he played in 2019, it would have only been in New England because of family considerations.
“There were some other teams that called,” he said while preparing to take on the Jets this Monday, “But at this point, it would have been very difficult for me to go somewhere, no matter where it was, and have them be here. We just moved, and we weren’t going to move anywhere else. There are some other organizations I have a lot of respect for, but at this point, being that the season has started, school has started, we weren’t going to move. My desire to play wasn’t going to trump the commitment we made as a family that we were not going to be separate for two months.”
The Patriots gave him $800k in guaranteed money to return, which provides some reassurance he’ll be around for the season. His return also helps fill the void with tight end Matt LaCosse sidelined with a knee issue.
Here are some more developments from around the AFC East:
- Tom Brady explained his cameo appearance in the new Netflix comedy series “Living With Yourself,” expressing disgust Saturday with those who thought he was taking a shot at Robert Kraft, relays ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “It was agreed to a year ago. It was written four years ago,” he said. “Again, it’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft. I think that’s a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that.” Although the scene was written years ago, it wasn’t filmed until after the allegations came out against Kraft. Director Timothy Greenberg told Refinery29 that he thought Brady would pull out of the Netflix project once charges were filed against Kraft.
- After the Jets followed through on their threat and fined guard Kelechi Osemele for refusing to practice this week due to a disagreement regarding his shoulder injury, it is possible Osemele could now file a grievance with the Players Association against the Jets to try to fight the fine and resolve the issue of whether he does need surgery. “We will always act accordingly and protect all of Kelechi’s rights under the CBA,” said Osemele’s agent, Andrew Kessler. With the trade deadline just days away, it stands to reason that Osemele could be shopped to clubs in need of interior line help.
- With the Dolphins making it very clear to the rest of the NFL that they are stripping their roster down in hopes of a full rebuild and a chance at a top quarterback in next year’s draft, the rest of the NFL has taken notice, with some supportive and others critical of this decision, according to Barry Jackson and Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald. Many of the league’s owners were in Fort Lauderdale this week for the NFL’s fall meetings. When questioned by reporters regarding the Dolphins, both Jeffrey Lurie and Arthur Blank were understanding of the situation. ”I think they’ve got a great strategic plan,” said Lurie. “Well managed. I have high hopes for the future of the Dolphins.” With Blank adding: “Every coach, every general manager, every owner has both a short-term view and a long-term view and you have to balance all of that out, depending on where your franchise is.” The winless Dolphins take on the Bills today in Orchard Park.