Veteran tight end Ben Watson will leave the Saints and sign with the Ravens when the free agent market opens Wednesday, per multiple reports.
Watson has played 12 NFL seasons and has only missed one game in the last four. He caught a career-best 74 passes last season for the Saints and should fit the Ravens nicely both as a target for quarterback Joe Flacco and as a mentor for young tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams.
Watson knows the AFC North well. He played for the Browns from 2010-12 before joining the Saints.
Watson, 35, entered the league as a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2004. He has 38 career touchdown receptions and his six touchdowns last season matched his career high set in 2007 with the Patriots. For his career, Watson has 434 receptions for 4,963 yards.