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Veteran TE Benjamin Watson to sign with Patriots, per report

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The New England Patriots have found another potential option to replace retired tight end and all-time great Rob Gronkowski.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, veteran tight end Benjamin Watson is expected to sign with his original team.

A first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2004, Watson spent the first six years of his career in New England. He tallied a combined 167 receptions for 2,102 yards and earned a Super Bowl title with the team.

Most recently, Watson played in New Orleans last season before temporarily calling it quits. He caught 35 passes for 402 yards. Watson is a few years removed from tallying a career-high 825 yards with the Saints back in 2015.