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Outspoken pro-life Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson’s short-lived retirement has reportedly come to an end.
Many were surprised Thursday as credible journalists reported that the 38-year-old Watson is planning to sign a one-year deal with the reigning Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots, about four months after he officially went into retirement.
December - Veteran - End - Cleats - End
In December, the 38-year-old veteran tight end announced he would hang up his cleats at the end of his playoff run with the New Orleans Saints to focus on his family of six children.
There were hints in the offseason, however, that he was open to returning and would make an ultimate decision on retirement after the birth of his twins in April, the Watsons’ sixth and seventh children.
Retirement - Plans - Wayside - Report - ESPN
But the retirement plans appear to have completely fallen by the wayside after a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter Thursday stating that the Patriots intend to sign Watson to a one-year, $3 million deal.
Schefter reported earlier in the day, citing a source, that Watson traveled to New England to visit with the Patriots. Schefter also stated that Watson was considering signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.
NFL - Network - Insider - Ian - Rapoport
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport also reported that Watson visited with the Patriots on Thursday and “does intend to come out of retirement.”
“I am told that Benjamin Watson, the veteran tight end and now free agent, is planning to sign with the New England Patriots today,” Rappaport said. “It’s not done yet, there are still a couple of hoops to jump through. But from what I am told, this is not something that should hold up the deal. Benjamin Watson is expected to be back home again where he was a first round pick more than a decade ago.”
Watson - NFL - Seasons - Patriots - Team
Watson played his first six NFL seasons with the Patriots, the team that...
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