On Monday afternoon, Benjamin Watson made the decision to retire. This wasn't a surprise. The tight end had retired the previous offseason but the New England Patriots managed to convince him to return for one more run at a Super Bowl.
Things didn't end up panning out for the 39-year-old. But he certainly appreciated the opportunity to play in New England.
The Patriots Twitter account took some time to respond to Watson's long retirement announcement, thanking Watson for what he did for the franchise. Watson responded and communicated that he was grateful for the Patriots "welcoming him" throughout his career.
Thank you for welcoming me in year 1 and in year 16! What a journey. Much love.— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) March 16, 2020
That's certainly a touching moment, and it's praise that the team-oriented Watson deserves as he rides off into the sunset.
Watson wasn't particularly impactful for the Patriots on the field last year, catching only 17 passes for 172 yards in 10 games. But finishing his 16-year career in New England, where he started as a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2004, was a fitting way for Watson to go out.