With free agency officially starting Wednesday afternoon, the Ravens have already made one important addition, agreeing in principle with tight end Ben Watson. Here are five reasons why the addition of Watson was a shrewd move.
1. The Ravens were suddenly thin at tight end.
With Crockett Gillmore’s offseason shoulder surgeries, Nick Boyle’s 10-game suspension, and Dennis Pitta’s uncertain future, the Ravens needed help at the position.
2. This year’s tight end draft class is weak.
The Ravens weren’t going to hit at tight end like they did last year, when they drafted Maxx Williams in the second round and Boyle in the fifth.
3. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco loves throwing to tight ends.
Todd Heap, Pitta, and Owen Daniels have enjoyed superb chemistry with Flacco. There is no reason to think that Watson, with his experience at age 35, won’t enjoy the same rapport.
4. Watson can help the Ravens in the red zone.
Watson had seven touchdown catches last season. Nobody on the Ravens had seven touchdown catches last season. Kamar Aiken led the team with five.
5. Watson should be a nice locker room addition.
His seniority and success will make him the leader of tight end group, and a mentor to the Ravens’ young tight ends. They have learned from Pitta. They will continue to learn from Watson.
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