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Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson to retire after 2018 season

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Former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson to retire after 2018 season

Benjamin Watson's 15th NFL season will be his last.

The New Orleans Saints tight end has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.

Watson was the 32nd overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He spent six seasons in New England, and he'll always be remembered by Pats fans for his incredible effort in chasing down Champ Bailey after the Broncos' defensive back intercepted Tom Brady in the end zone in a Divisional Playoff game in January 2006. Watson's tackle at the 1-yard line prevented a touchdown, and it remains one of the greatest plays in a Patriots loss throughout the Belichick era. 

He signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 2010 and spent three seasons with the AFC North franchise. 

Watson played for the Saints from 2013 through 2015, and then signed with the Baltimore Ravens but missed the entire 2016 season because of a torn Achilles suffered in the preseason. He played for the Ravens in 2017 before returning to the Saints for the 2018 campaign. 

The 38-year-old veteran has 33 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns this season. He has tallied 528 receptions for 5,856 yards and 44 touchdowns in 194 career regular-season games. 

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Goodell: No NFL discipline of Kraft until court case resolved

Goodell: No NFL discipline of Kraft until court case resolved

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters at the league's spring meetings on Wednesday that the NFL will take no disciplinary action against Robert Kraft until the Patriots owner's solicitation of prostitution case is resolved.

Also Wednesday, Judge Leonard Hanser indefinitely postponed Kraft's trial until the appeal by prosecutors of Hanser's decision to suppress the use of video evidence obtained at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Police say those videos show Kraft paying for sex when he the spa twice in a 24-hour period in January.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation.

The appeal over the videos won't be heard until at least Sept. 4. The Patriots open their season Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium, meaning Kraft will likely still be waiting for the resolution of his court case and any discipline from the NFL when the team's sixth Super Bowl championship banner is raised in a ceremony before that "Sunday Night Football" opener.

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Patriots treat fans to video of Julian Edelman's best mic'd up moments

Patriots treat fans to video of Julian Edelman's best mic'd up moments

The last few days have been fun for Julian Edelman.

The New England Patriots wide receiver agreed to a much-deserved two-year contract extension with the team Tuesday, and on Wednesday he celebrated his 33rd birthday.

The Patriots gave fans a treat Wednesday by posting a video to Twitter of Edelman's best mic'd up moments, including footage from multiple Super Bowl wins.

Check out the highlights and laughs in the video below:

Edelman has one of the best personalities on the Patriots, and with him signed through 2021 as a result of his extension, fans should expect many more great mic'd moments from the Super Bowl LIII MVP.

Brady, other NFL players react to Edelman's extension>>>

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