3 reasons the New Orleans Saints should have interest in Ben Watson
There may be some truth in the recent report of Saints interest in tight end
The New Orleans Saints may be in the market for another end zone threat. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted that the Saints have some level of interest in the Cincinnati Bengals’ tight end Tyler Eifert.
"“League sources said the Saints and Patriots are among the teams most deeply looking for pass catching help, and both would have interest in oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert as well, who is making just $1 million this season.”"
Even if there isn’t much truth that the Saints want Eifert, there could be truth that they’re looking for more playmaking help. The difference between Watson, who is as reliable as they come, and Eifert, who has played in 11 games the past three seasons, is marginal.
Additionally, the Bengals have only played Eifert in limited snaps to preserve his health. Sean Payton needs an ironman that can make plays, block, and receiver at a capable level to backup Jared Cook and Josh Hill.
That man is Ben Watson.
Payton has first-hand experience with Watson and should trust him with the ball in his hands. If Payton and Watson left on good terms, there’s no reason that they should be the optimal tight end for the Saints.