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TE Benjamin Watson Signs with Cleveland Browns

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Benjamin Watson #84 of the New England Patriots reacts after he thought he was interfered with on a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 12, 2010

After spending six seasons with the Patriots, tight end Ben Watson has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

The former Patriot has spent the last week looking for a home, including visiting Pete Carroll's Seahawks on Monday.

Thursday he arrived in Cleveland and met with team officials. By Friday morning, he had agreed to a deal.

Back in 2004, Watson was a first-round pick (32nd overall) out of Georgia and came into the league with a lot of hype.

The 6'2", 255-pound, seven-year veteran should add some more explosiveness to the impotent Browns offense.

His athleticism draws parallels to other NFL star tight ends such as Tony Gonzalez.

Unfortunately, he failed to produce consistently during his first few seasons, and has had to battle for playing time ever since.

He should have plenty of reps for a Browns team that's been lacking a decent tight end since losing Kellen Winslow Jr. to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With his speed and catching ability, he racked up a career high 49 receptions in 2006 and accumulated 29 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns last season.

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