Ben Watson signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 but the team will miss the veteran tight end after he tore his Achilles’ tendon Saturday. The Ravens announced that he will miss the entire 2016 NFL Season.
The official Baltimore Ravens Twitter account posted after the Watson injury and other media outlets also confirmed that the veteran tight end would be out for a year.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 27, 2016
Brutal outcome for Ben Watson – coming off a career year – and the Ravens. BAL suddenly short at TE due to injuries/suspensions
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 27, 2016
— Clifton Brown (@CliftonGBrown) August 28, 2016
The unlucky injury happened ruing the Ravens game against the Detroit Lions in a preseason match. Watson just signed a $7 million deal in Baltimore in March 2016 and had $3 million guaranteed.
The Ravens beat the Lions, 30-6 in the preseason game Saturday.
Watson is already 35 years old but had a great season with the Ravens last year. He registered 825 receiving yards on 74 receptions with eight receptions and all these numbers were career-highs.
Watson played for the New England Patriots from 2004 to 2009, Cleveland Browns from 2010 to 2012 and New Orleans Saints from 2013 to 2015.
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The Ravens are deep in the receiving corps but Watson’s loss will affect the rotation of the team. Baltimore has depth in the tight ends to survive the season analysts say with the team having receivers Dennis Pitta, Darren Waller, Crocket Gillmore and Maxx Williams.
However, Pitta is sidelined with an injury and Waller is suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
The Ravens are not Super Bowl contenders but they are also in danger of missing the NFL postseason due to the many injuries for the team.