General manager Mickey Loomis got his man on Monday, signing veteran Ben Watson to a three-year contract.
Although Watson is just a borderline starter at this stage of his career, he makes for a fine second fiddle to Graham. The 32-year-old averaged 558 yards per in three seasons with the Cleveland Browns after spending the first six years of his career with the New England Patriots.
An upgrade on the increasingly brittle Thomas, Watson can step in and provide a valuable weapon down the seam and in the red zone should Graham miss time with an injury -- as he did in 2012 with a wrist ailment that required postseason surgery.
With Robert Meachem long gone and free agent Devery Henderson's Saints career in doubt, Watson also gives head coach Sean Payton the option of using more two tight-end sets as opposed to three- and four-wide formations.
The Saints on Monday also announced they signed linebacker Ramon Humber to a one-year contract.
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