Watson, who was coaxed out of retirement by New England this offseason only to be suspended for a quarter of the season for PEDs, wants to keep playing, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Sans Watson, New England will move on with a cavalcade of tight ends dutifully attempting to fill Rob Gronkowski's hulking void. Through five games, Ryan Izzo (178, 52.2%) and Matt LaCosse (119, 34.9%) have taken the most snaps of New England's available tight ends; Jakob Johnson, listed as a tight end, has played the role of fullback with James Develin sidelined. The three players have combined for eight touches in five games.
Watson, meanwhile, continues his search for a place to play football. In his 15th season, the 38-year-old should find employment somewhere as a reliable veteran presence, if he chooses to keep on competing.