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AFR: Watson's reported deal with Ravens too much for Saints to match

Ben Watson is reportedly signing with Baltimore. (FOX 8 Photo) Ben Watson is reportedly signing with Baltimore. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

It’s rare that a 35-year-old tight end can get a reported two-year, $8 million contract on the open market. So when it happened for Ben Watson, he had to take it. Unfortunately, it was not the Saints that could offer it.

Watson was a valued weapon on the field and steady influence in the locker room whom the Saints wanted back. But at the price, he became just too rich for their blood.  

I get the sense that the Saints didn’t think Watson would be so coveted by Baltimore. Thus, they lost out for his services. It’s part of the business. Losing Watson may have been unexpected but it’s not insurmountable to overcome. On a team that just parted ways with veterans Jahri Evans and Marques Colston, replacing Watson’s leadership and intangibles may prove to be more difficult than his career highs in production.

 So now tight end becomes an even bigger need. Michael Hoomanawanui is a nice player returning, and Josh Hill could be back soon. But they’ll need more.

Owen Daniels is an interesting player. He was nearly drafted by the Saints in 2006 before he was snatched up by Houston forcing the Saints to pick Jahri Evans. Zach Miller could potentially fit the mold. Ladarius Green seems to be a popular choice among the fan base.

Whoever that player turns out to be, the Saints are likely examining the tight end market a little harder than they thought they’d have to.

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