Saints’ Benjamin Watson Plans To Retire
A key member of the New Orleans Saints will be playing in his final regular season game on Sunday.
The 38-year old Watson has compiled 31 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season, in his second tour of duty with the Saints.
The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Watson put together a career year in his final season of his first stint in New Orleans in 2015, totaling 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns.
A 2004 first-round pick by New England out of Georgia, Watson spent six seasons with the Patriots (2004-09), before moving on to the Cleveland Browns (2010-12), the Saints (2013-2015), the Baltimore Ravens (2016-17), and the Saints again.
A two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award, Watson has appeared in 194 games over his career, including 135 starts, totaling 518 catches for 5,715 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Despite missing the entire 2016 season with a torn achilles tendon, Watson has been very durable throughout his career, appearing in at least 12 games in 13 of his 15 seasons, while compiling at least 20 receptions in 12 of those campaigns.
Unless he changes his mind, Watson will suit up for the final time in the regular season this Sunday, when the Saints host the Carolina Panthers.