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Benjamin Watson restructured his contract last week

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Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is back on the practice field in part because his torn Achilles tendon has healed. He’s also back because the Ravens opted not to release him.

Watson, who also has played for the Saints, Browns, and Patriots, accepted a restructured contract last week, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Previously due to make $3 million in 2017, Watson has reduced his base salary to $1.25 million. Of that amount, $750,000 is fully guaranteed.

The deal also has incentive thresholds that can bump his compensation up to a maximum of $3 million.

This protects the Ravens against injury or ineffectiveness, and it gives Watson, a first-round pick in 2004, every reason to produce in 2017. If the incentives are characterized as “not likely to be earned” (a term of art that doesn’t speak to degree of difficulty), the Ravens will have cleared $1.75 million in cap space.

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13 Responses to “Benjamin Watson restructured his contract last week”
  1. 8oneanddones says: Jun 13, 2017 1:07 PM

    This guy is still in the league? Wow.

  2. bettis3636 says: Jun 13, 2017 1:09 PM

    Ravens got insurance on their CHINA doll lol… oh boy this is fun

  3. yankeemofo says: Jun 13, 2017 1:38 PM

    I’ll always remember and love Watson for chasing down Champ Bailey 100 yards and knocking that ball loose.

  4. likuidsmoke says: Jun 13, 2017 1:59 PM

    I’ll always remember and love Watson for chasing down Champ Bailey 100 yards and knocking that ball loose.
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    That play always comes to mind whenever I hear his name. Props to him for still being able to play.

  5. winningisabrees says: Jun 13, 2017 2:03 PM

    Dude had career year in New Orleans. Good player better person. GL Ben.

  6. winningisabrees says: Jun 13, 2017 2:03 PM

    also, man he looks good in Black n gold

  7. One for the other thumb says: Jun 13, 2017 2:07 PM

    I don’t like the Ravens but I’ll always like Ben Watson. Great team player. I wish him all the luck in any game he isn’t playing the Pats.

  8. bmoreb says: Jun 13, 2017 2:18 PM

    bettis3636 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 1:09 PM
    Ravens got insurance on their CHINA doll lol… oh boy this is fun

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    When’s the last time you guys won a SB ? I’ll answer that for you… A decade is coming real fast !

    PS.. you’ll be looking for Charlie Batch soon enough lol

  9. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: Jun 13, 2017 2:25 PM

    Lots of love for Benjamin Watson from this veteran Pats fan.

  10. tylawspick6 says: Jun 13, 2017 4:05 PM

    Teams have vets “restructure” when they’re in cap hell.

  11. spartan01 says: Jun 13, 2017 4:57 PM

    Teams have vets “restructure” when they’re in cap hell.

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    Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of most ignorant comment of the day.

    Please don’t ever let this person run a business

  12. streetyson says: Jun 13, 2017 5:07 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 13, 2017 4:05 PM
    Teams have vets “restructure” when they’re in cap hell.
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    No, it just reflects that he’s coming off of an achilles and the fact that the Ravens could have released him and cut their losses but chose not to. Of the original 2yr contract, if cut now he’d have got paid the $2M remaining of his $3M guaranteed. Ravens have now nearly halved that outlay but with incentives he can still make up to $3M. In effect, he’s now playing for up to $1M of incentives on top of what he could have got if cut. Doesn’t seem so bad – under the circumstances.

  13. kenberthiaume says: Jun 13, 2017 6:40 PM

    His hands are made of stone.

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