Tom Brady: Departure of Ben Watson was “pretty tough”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly wasn’t a fan of the decision to release receiver Antonio Brown. On Wednesday, Brady admitted that he regrets the departure of tight end Ben Watson.

“You know, pretty tough,” Brady told repoters regarding the news that the team declined to add Watson to the roster at the conclusion of his exemption. “Pretty tough. I mean, it’s tough for a lot of guys. I’ve played with a lot of guys over the years. You know, Ben’s a great player. He’s been a great player for this team, for other teams, he’s had an incredible career and hopefully he can keep playing. I know he was looking forward to playing. I miss him. He was right next to me, and for as great as a player he was, he was 10 times a better person, just the highest integrity. I can’t say enough good things about Ben, what he’s meant to me, my family, our team. So we’re going to miss him.”

Coach Bill Belichick explained that the team simply didn’t have a spot for Watson, who was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the PED policy during his short-lived retirement.

So is Brady more comfortable with the two tight ends on the roster, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse, handling the position?

“I’m the quarterback, so I don’t make those decisions,” Brady said. “Whoever’s out there, that’s who I’ve got to play with.”

That response could be interpreted in various ways, especially by Izzo and LaCosse. It also invites speculation that, in time, Brady may indeed make a personal plea to Rob Gronkowski to return from retirement. As PFT reported in July, that would be a major factor in Gronk’s consideration regarding a potential return.

25 responses to “Tom Brady: Departure of Ben Watson was “pretty tough”

  1. They didn’t activate Watson, but that doesn’t mean they are done with the roster or satisfied with the current TEs.

    Plenty of time for this sort itself out, and now more cap space to do it with.

  2. Give the Pats back something like 2 million in cap space and a little room to maneuver.

    That said Watson could be back next week if he doesn’t sign somewhere else.

  3. The Patriots are taking their offense and restructuring their game plan around having average at best tight ends it’s that simple

  4. The Patriots are 5-0. Obviously their 1st-ranked D are at least partly responsible. But despite being near-completely banged-up, the offense is ranking 3rd! And Brady’s the reason why. If that offense gets even half-healthy, it’s #7 – and even unhealthy I wouldn’t bet against them.

  5. A player Brady’s known for 15 years that he has a great relationship with and probably looked forward to having around isn’t going to be, seems natural he’d wish it had turned out differently.

  6. Integrity/Patriot Way are euphemisms for steroids, cheating, murder, rape, sex slaves, cocaine, etc etc sure I forgot a couple, they’ve had quite a few indiscretions come to light.

  7. Is it just me, or praising a guy for “the highest integrity” rings kind of hollow when he comes of a suspension for a PED violation?
    Come on Tom, who are you crapping?

  8. It sure is easy for posters here to rag on the Patriots. These clowns are so jealous of Brady, BB and the Pats it’s all they have left… to just diss Brady (the GOAT), BB (the coaches GOAT), and Kraft (a terrific owner). That photo of Brady holding up both ring covered hands and smiling must really stick in their throats. Love it. Keep on posting your juvenile digs, losers. Meanwhile the Pats are on track for yet ANOTHER Superbowl win. Love it!!!!! GO PATS AND GO BRADY!!!!!

  9. As was well reported, when Ben retired he sought medical attention for existing problems and got those dealt with, which included medically prescribed steroids to speed healing. When he was approached by the Pats to return to football, he clearly and fully disclosed his legal use of the steroids, and inline with NFL policy he was put on the four week suspension.

    Hi integrity indeed. Some don’t understand, but that’s on them.

  10. Mike Shereck says:
    October 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    Is it just me, or praising a guy for “the highest integrity” rings kind of hollow when he comes of a suspension for a PED violation?
    Benjamin Watson had a completely plausible reason for what happened. I know every player does but knowing Watson as I do, I am completely inclined to believe him. Yes, “highest integrity” applies to Benjamin Watson.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm
    Don’t worry Tom, this defense will carry you to a championship. Tom Brady, 2019
    118/187 (63.1%), 1,409 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs, 99.4 rating, 5-0 record not bad for a man being carried 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  12. Take a look at who the Patriots have played so far this season and then please shut up.

    If they make it to week 13 without a loss or two… then you can tell me how “number 7 is inevitable” but right now they’ve proven about as much as Baker Mayfield has. And that’s nothing.

    Yes. They’ll win their division like always. Yes. They will most likely get a bye week and home field advantage in the playoffs. But they’ve been there multiple times before and had Baltimore come into their stadium and eliminate them. The Chiefs can score with anyone too. And who knows what the Chargers will look like by January. I imagine a bit healthier. And if the Browns can get Denzel Ward back… he is such a difference maker on defense. Jalen Ramsey could still be moved. So could some big names on Denver like Miller or Sanders.

    And of course, injuries can always change the entire picture. But one thing is for sure… the Patriots will finally start playing some actual playoff contenders in the coming weeks. Once that happens… you might be right. You might be wrong. But nothing can be taken from what they’ve done so far.

  13. Yes, Watson was suspended for taking legal medication to repair his body while retired. He chose to come back when Gronk retired and the Patriots has a need for a TE, likely knowing he would test positive and be suspended.

    Feel free to judge Watson harshly but, to his credit, Brady won’t.

  14. Angel Valle says:
    October 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm
    Don’t worry Tom, this defense will carry you to a championship. Tom Brady, 2019
    118/187 (63.1%), 1,409 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs, 99.4 rating, 5-0 record not bad for a man being carried 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    He is being carried. Look at the defenses he has played, all but one were trash and the one legit defense he played he had one of his worst games in his career. So yes he is being carried by his defense this year.

  15. Of course, Brady’s remarks could also be interpreted on face value and in the obvious way they were intended: That he’s not a Personnel Director, the GM, or Head Coach of the Patriots and as such does not make the personnel decisions for the team. I’ll trust the Hoodie…he’s got a pretty good track record.

  16. “Is it just me, or praising a guy for “the highest integrity” rings kind of hollow when he comes of a suspension for a PED violation?”

    Way to totally and utterly distort the situation.

    He retired and was proscribed the medication by his doctor for a medical condition. He disclosed that he had been taking it to the league when he unretired knowing full well he would be suspended for 4 games and also disclosed so to the various teams who showed interest.

    But you knew that and chose to toss your own “integrity” out the window so you could bash Watson simply because he was with the Pats again.

  17. I saw Brady’s press appearance and I don’t read anything extra into it. Of course he’s sad to see Ben Watson go, given Watson’s history and character. At the same time, Brady recognizes that he doesn’t call the shots. I’m glad he has the type of relationship with his coach that he can express his regret about player cuts/trades without it becoming a source of stress.

    I didn’t get anything from what Brady said that was disparaging to Izzo and LaCosse. His focus was on Watson and nobody else. And I don’t at all read anything Gronk related into what Brady said. I would be very surprised if Brady did ask for his return, given how well Gronk is doing in retirement. Not to mention that by the trade deadline I think the Patriots will have made moves and used up their cap space.

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