Former tight end Benjamin Watson considering NFL comeback, report says

Saints TE Benjamin Watson announces retirement after this season

Benjamin Watson could be considering a comeback.

According to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, the veteran tight end is contemplating a return to the NFL for his 16th season.

Watson and his wife, Kirsten, are expecting twins that could be born as early as next week. The report noted he might be open to playing in the league again “under the right situation” after their arrival.

Watson, 38, was selected out of Georgia by the Patriots in the first round of the 2004 draft. He went on to play for the Browns and Ravens in addition to having two stints with the Saints.

In an NFL Films video released in December that featured Watson, Kirsten and their five children, he announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018 season.

“I knew coming into this year that it probably would be the last year. 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,” Watson said. “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.

“It’s always a very hard thing, but my mentality this year has definitely been to perform to the best of my ability and fight through different things.”

Watson suffered a torn Achilles with the Ravens in 2016, but has since made a full recovery. He played in every game for New Orleans in 2018, logging 35 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

In total, he has 530 catches for 5,885 yards and 44 touchdowns over his 15-year career.