Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is probably going to retire this offseason. The 14-year veteran is now 37 and knows he is in the twilight of his career. Watson sat down with the cast of “Good Morning Football”, on the NFL Network, and discussed his options for next year.
“Coming to Baltimore and signing a two-year deal, we knew that we were closer to the end than the beginning, obviously, and we thought a lot about it, and we’re still working through that process. Don’t know exactly what’s going to happen next year, but I’ll tell you it’s been an incredible ride and an incredible career, and God has been good.”, said Watson.
This kind of language is characteristic of players on the verge of walking away from the game. Watson’s aforementioned 2-year deal is up with Baltimore, and he will become a free agent in 2018. It’s unlikely that the Ravens would offer Watson a new deal. Watson missed the entire 2016 season with a torn Achilles. His recent injury combined with his age is a major deterrent for NFL teams. The Ravens also have the option of searching for a younger and healthier tight end in the draft or free agency. Baltimore could also choose to move forward with the tight ends currently on the team. Baltimore will see the return of Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, and Darren Waller next season.
Benjamin Watson led the Ravens in receptions throughout the 2017 campaign, catching 61 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. Watson has devoted much of his career to community service, as well. His charity work has earned him substantial recognition throughout his career. Watson was nominated as Baltimore’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award candidate. The award recognizes an NFL player’s charity work as well as his performance on the football field. He could win the prestigious award this February when it is given during the NFL’s annual award show. Watson also won the Bart Starr award. The award recognizes an NFL player that “best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.”
Yesterday, @BenjaminSWatson received a call from Bart Starr's wife Cherry to inform him he was the recipient of this year's Bart Starr Award.
The award honors the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. pic.twitter.com/xASH0xAJLA
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 5, 2018