The Browns signed TE Benjamin Watson to a multi-year contract on Friday. ESPN.com reported that Watson's deal is for three years and $12 million with $6.35 million in guarantees.
Watson played six seasons for the Patriots and caught 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns in 2009. Watson, 29, has good speed for a tight end and has improved as a blocker.
Browns tight ends caught just 42 passes last season, with Evan Moore — who wasn't added to the active roster until early December — snagging a position-best 12 passes.
"We viewed Ben as one of the top all-around tight ends in the free-agent market," said Browns general manager Tom Heckert. "Because of his athleticism and intelligence, he has proven valuable as both a receiver and blocker during his career, and has performed well in both facets. He comes from a winning program in New England and possesses the traits that we like in a player. We feel as though he can help us in many different areas and we are excited about his addition to our team."
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