Ben Watson reportedly considering returning to NFL, could make sense for Patriots


Last season did not end the way tight end Ben Watson wanted.

The Saints tight end missed the NFC title game with appendicitis, which came after he already announced it would be his last season. New Orleans of course fell to the Rams and that was the supposed end to Watson's career.

But, maybe he's changing his mind.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Watson is now considering a return to the NFL. He and his wife are scheduled to have twins next week, but after that he may be open to returning to the right situation.

The right situation could be New England.

Watson was drafted by Bill Belichick in the first round of the 2004 draft and had a solid six years with the Patriots. The 38-year-old desperately wanted to win another Super Bowl last year, so maybe a return to the Patriots could entice him. Given his age, he isn't a No. 1 tight end anymore, but paired with a rookie and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, it could be a good situation for him and the team.

In 16 games last season, Watson had 35 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

Nothing will be determined in the short-term, but his situation could be worth monitoring.