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Patriots let Watson walk; he’s now a free agent

By Tom King | Oct 8, 2019

AP photo Ben Watson was let go by the Patriots on Monday in an apparent cap=related move.

Ben Watson, we hardly knew ye the second time around.

Watson, who just returned last week from a four game PED suspension, was not activated by a 4 p.m.deadline Monday by the Patriots, making the tight end a free agent.

The Patriots are apparently settling for Ryan Izzo and Matt Lacosse as their tight ends, and the move saves $2 million in cap space. Reportedly they now have $3.7 million in room.

Watson, now a two-time former Patriot, came out of retirement to sign with the team in the off season despite knowing he’d have to sit out four games. The former Patriots first round pick in 2004 was with the team in training camp but suffered a concussion in the preseason.

“I gave my all, but it was not enough to earn a spot on the Patriots roster,” Watson tweeted late Monday afternoon. “I’m beyond disappointed but even more upset for my family who has supported me with all the love a husband and father could ask for. They are my heroes.”

The NFL Network reported that Watson still wants to continue playing.


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