Report: Saints lose out on Benjamin Watson sweepstakes to Ravens


Benjamin Watson has agreed in principle to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to reports.

As reports emerged about the Baltimore Ravens showing interest in New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, a deal was apparently reached on Tuesday.

The Ravens and Benjamin Watson agreed in principle to a contract, according to the Baltimore Sun, as the Saints just suffered a pretty big hit heading into the free agency period, which kicks off Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM CST.

After signing with the Saints in 2013 following stints with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns, Benjamin Watson, who just turned 35 in December, just wrapped up the best season of his career in 2015, tallying 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns — all career highs for the longtime NFL veteran.

The Saints re-signed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui to a three-year deal.  It is expected New Orleans will reach a deal with tight end Josh Hill as well now that Benjamin Watson is on his way out.

Though Watson and the Ravens have reportedly come to terms, a contract can’t be signed until the new league year begins on Wednesday.  The Saints now have a big hole to fill at the position.