The Cleveland Browns have officially moved past the Benjamin Watson era at tight end, as Watson signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The pairing of Watson and Jimmy Graham in New Orleans will no doubt be music to the ears of Drew Brees. The Saints arguably have one of, if not the best, tight end tandems in the NFL.
I'm glad that Watson was able to sign on with a contending team after leaving Cleveland. He was one of the most respected players on the team during his time in Cleveland, and did good work for the community and as a voice in the media to represent the team. He will also take his presence from within the NFL Players Association along with him. Browns fans will no doubt miss Watson, who spent the past three seasons with the team. A few weeks ago, 88% of you said that you wanted him to re-sign with the Browns. The Browns, reportedly, did not express an interest in bringing him back.
As far as the Browns go at the tight end position, the interest level in Fred Davis and Kellen Davis has remained steady. If Rob Chudzinski is not able to get one of those guys, particularly Fred Davis, then Jordan Cameron will likely be the team's featured tight end this year, with an option to draft somebody in the third round of the draft or later. The Browns also signed Gary Barnidge last week. Barnidge has not had much productivity in the NFL, but the rumor was that he picked Cleveland over Carolina due to the belief that he'd be more involved here.