New England Patriots

Benjamin Watson of the New England Patriots looks for yards after a second quarter catch while playing the Detroit Lions during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 08, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Ben Watson was a surprise cut once this season, but it seems unlikely that the Patriots will move on from the veteran tight end again based on his new contract.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots have fully guaranteed a large chunk of Watson’s new deal.

While the specific details of the playing time incentives aren’t known, Watson should have a chance to earn snaps at a position where the Patriots have struggled to get production for the first six weeks of the season. Matt Lacosse is dealing with a knee injury and Ryan Izzo has done little to prove that he’s the full-time answer at tight end.

The Pats ended up saving about $1 million in cap space by cutting Watson and re-signing him a week later, according to Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal.

The 38-year-old Watson missed the first four weeks of the season due to suspension. He dealt with a concussion after taking a hit from Panthers safety Eric Reid in the preseason.

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