Ben Watson was the Browns’ leading receiver as recently as 2010, producing very good numbers for a tight end, catching 68 passes for 763 yards and 3 touchdowns, with the former two stats being career highs. After largely failing to live up to his expectations in New England as a 2004 1st round pick, it seemed that Watson had finally emerged as an above average starting tight end. However, in 2011, he regressed, catching just 37 passes for 410 yards and 2 scores. Heading into his age 32 season, he’s apparently even on the roster bubble according to the Canton Repository.
This makes some sense as Watson is owed 2.88 million this season and they have a young tight end on the roster behind him waiting for a chance, 2011 4th round pick Jordan Cameron, who is having a strong offseason. Watson didn’t help his case by missing a big chunk of Training Camp with an unspecified injury. Another tight end reportedly on the roster bubble is Evan Moore, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Moore, currently 4th on the depth chart, has missed time this preseason with hamstring problems and is owed 1.88 million next season. He also has 62 career catches, but 34 of them were last season for the 2008 undrafted free agent. The Browns will almost certainly cut a tight end as it’s unlikely that they’ll go into 2012 with all 4 of Watson, Cameron, Moore, and Alex Smith. Smith seems locked in as a blocking specialist and Cameron has been really impressing this offseason, so it would appear to be between Watson and Moore for the final roster spot. If they don’t care about financials, they’ll keep Watson. If not, it’ll probably be Moore making the roster.
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