Ben Watson's contract indicates Patriots view him as potential No. 1 tight end


The Patriots have a number of newcomers at the tight end position, but it's not quite known what their roles will be.

There may be a clue with Ben Watson, as his contract suggests the team views him as a No. 1 tight end.

Watson is getting the most money out of any of the tight ends the Patriots signed this offseason, which is indicates they plan on him having a signifcant role. The other players' deals leave the door open for them to potentially be cut over the summer.

Here are the details of the contract, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Benjamin Watson contract: 1 year, $3 millionSigning bonus: $600kBase salary: $1.45 millionRoster bonus: $300k ($18,750 per game on 46-man roster)Incentives: $650kSalary cap charge: $3 millionANALYSIS: Watson at No. 1 financial spot on TE depth chart. Projects to top role.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 18, 2019

Besides Watson, the Patriots have Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck at tight end.