Ben Watson to Ravens: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 8, 2016

Veteran tight end Benjamin Watson reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.  

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported the news of the Ravens' notable free-agent acquisition, and ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini confirmed the report.

Watson spent the past three seasons with the New Orleans Saints and had a serious resurgence on the gridiron in 2015. The 35-year-old logged a career-high 74 receptions and 825 yards and matched a personal best with six touchdown catches.

That epic year came after Watson logged only 362 yards receiving combined in his first two seasons with the Saints.

Tom Mantzouranis of Sports Illustrated doesn't believe in Watson being a big factor for the Ravens:

It's unclear whether last season was an aberration or if Watson has indeed found the fountain of youth and can continue to be productive for multiple years. At the very least he's a great mentor who began his career with the New England Patriots and won a Super Bowl during his time there.

Watson is an ideal guiding presence for Maxx Williams, a 2015 second-round pick who struggled to make an impact as a rookie. Dennis Pitta has been a favorite target of franchise quarterback Joe Flacco in the past, but his football future is cloudy due to hip injury woes.

Crockett Gilmore is another young Ravens tight end whose development Watson can aid. The veteran will be counted on to live up to what he did in 2015, though.

Baltimore's offense did get a reliable pass-catcher in Watson and a nice addition to the locker room. With Flacco coming off a torn ACL and MCL and a dearth of options at wide receiver, Watson's presence will be welcomed regardless of his perceived outlook for this year and beyond.

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