Tight end Benjamin Watson's time away from the football field could prove short.
Watson intends to come out of retirement and is paying a free-agent visit Thursday to the New England Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
A potential signing in New England would reunite Watson with head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots originally selected Watson as a first-round pick in the 2004 draft and he played six seasons in New England before leaving after the 2009 season.
The Patriots also have a need at the tight end position given the recent retirement of Rob Gronkowski.
While Watson even in his prime won't come close to matching Gronkowski's lost production, he would provide a veteran presence and depth for the tight end group.