Tight end Benjamin Watson, who played for the Patriots the last six seasons, has signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports. The deal includes $6.35 million in guarantees.
The Patriots never seemed overly aggressive when it came to bringing Watson back in the fold despite their large void at tight end. They have Robbie Agnone and Rob Myers at the position, and neither has played in a regular-season game.
Watson visited with the Seahawks on Monday and was in Cleveland on Thursday. The Browns didn't let him get away, as Watson signed the contract before boarding his return flight Friday morning.
Known more for his pass-catching and speed, Watson finished last season with 29 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns. Although it was a season in which the tight end was not a big part of the offense from a pass-catching perspective, Watson came up big in the season-opener with two touchdown catches in a comeback win over the Bills. Quarterback Tom Brady later said one of those touchdowns was the best catch of Watson's career.