Benjamin Watson expresses desire to return to the New Orleans Saints

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Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) celebrates after a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans won 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) celebrates after a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans won 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson speaks during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson speaks during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

Per The Advocate’s Joel Erickson, veteran tight end Benjamin Watson once again expressed his desire and interest to return to the New Orleans Saints next season.

Watson has been in San Francisco during Super Bowl week as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and will enter his 13th NFL season in 2016.

"“I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis), and I love the Saints organization,” Watson said. “I’d love to be playing there. If not there, we’ll see where else. I think I’ll know more in about a month or so.”"

This isn’t the first time Benjamin Watson has stated his intentions to remain in New Orleans, and profess his love of the city. Back at the end of January in an interview, Watson said that he’d keep his fingers crossed for a call from Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton.

Watson, who will turn 36 in December, posted career highs in receptions (74) and receiving yardage (825) while tying a career high 6 touchdown receptions. Watson was also targeted 110 times. In all honesty, Watson impressed the heck out of all of us with his play. However, his off the field contributions are what’s priceless.

The New Orleans Saints have plenty of tasks at hand to get under the league’s anticipated $150-154 million salary cap figure, and creating space should help bring Benjamin Watson back to the mix. Other free agent tight ends for the Saints include Michael Hoomanawanui (UFA) and Josh Hill (RFA).

As a side note, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award will be announced tomorrow at the NFL Honors banquet. The program will air on Saturday, February 6th at 8 p.m. CST on CBS.

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