vmax Posted March 8, 2016 Share Posted March 8, 2016 Joe needs weapons and he's a good one..... While no one knows whether Benjamin Watson can come close to repeating last season's career year, the one certainty is how much the Baltimore Ravens wanted the veteran tight end. It will go down as one of the more unexpected signings based on how the Ravens typically do business in free agency. This is the first time the Ravens have ever reached an agreement with another team's free agent during the four-year history of the negotiating period. The deal can't be made official until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.Watson is only the fifth unrestricted free agent to be signed by Baltimore in the last six offseasons. The Ravens prefer cap cuts because they don't count against compensatory picks.And the Ravens had to be aggressive in order to pry him away from the New Orleans Saints, who reportedly wanted to keep him and are now thin at that position.So, why did the Ravens want him so badly? Baltimore prides itself on being a tight end-friendly offense, and the Ravens needed an experienced and durable one. Watson is known for being a leader after 13 seasons in the NFL and he's only missed one game over the last four seasons. The addition of Watson reveals the Ravens' level of concern about Crockett Gillmore's availability this season (two shoulder surgeries this offseason), Nick Boyle's suspension (10 games for peformance-enhancing drugs) and Dennis Pitta's future (a potential post-June 1 salary cap cut)...http://espn.go.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/26255/ravens-really-really-wanted-saints-tight-end-ben-watson. http://espn.go.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/26255/ravens-really-really-wanted-saints-tight-end-ben-watson Very out of character but a solid move. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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