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Ravens reach agreement in principle with tight end Benjamin Watson

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) runs against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) during the first half, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) runs against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) during the first half, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in New Orleans. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

With Crockett Gillmore having both shoulders operated on this offseason and Nick Boyle suspended for the first 10 games of 2016, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has talked about the importance of adding another tight end.

It appears that the Ravens have done just that.

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According to an industry source, the Ravens have an agreement in principle with veteran tight end Benjamin Watson, a 12-year veteran who is coming off the best season of his career. Watson caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns while starting 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last year.

Watson can't officially sign a deal until after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Terms of the deal aren't immediately known.

Watson, a 2004 first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, played the first six seasons of his career with the Patriots before moving on to the Cleveland Browns, from 2010 to 2012. He played the past three seasons with the Saints.

He has 434 catches for 4,963 yards and 38 touchdowns in his NFL career.

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