Not something the New England Patriots needed with Rob Gronkowski retired.
38-year old veteran tight end Benjamin Watson has disclosed to the public that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs a few months back.
“As a professional athlete for the last 15 years I know very well the limitations on what can be prescribed for my overall health…After my contract expired last March I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.” explained Watson on his official Facebook page
“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”
Watson came out of retirement after just five months and signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, a team he played for from 2004-2009, on May 10th.
The punishment for a failed drug test of his calibre is usually four games.
He is set to enter his 16th NFL season.
Packers on verge of signing All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander to lucrative four-year extension
Jaire Alexander is about to get paid!
According to reports, the Green Bay Packers have finalized their star cornerback to a lucrative four-year, $84 million contract extension that pays him an annual average value of $21 million.
The deal includes a massive $30 million signing bonus, which is the record for largest signing bonus giving to a defensive back.
The 25-year old, who was selected 18th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, has amassed 184 combined tackles, 44 passes defended, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles over a span of four seasons and 48 games with the franchise.
He is also a one-time Pro Bowl and was selected to a Second-team All-Pro in 2020.
Buccaneers to face Seahawks in NFL’s first ever game in Germany
The NFL is finally coming to Germany next season, and the league’s biggest star will grace them with his presence.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to take on the Seattle Seahawks at 9:30 a.m. ET on November 13 at Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium is home to Bundesliga powerhouse FC Bayern.
The league also announced a handful of other international games in multiple countries.
- New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings on October 2, and Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants on October 9 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham.
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs Denver Broncos on October 30 at Wembley Stadium in London.
- Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers on November 21 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for Monday Night Football.
Ravens trade receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their receiving core in a big way!
The team announced that they have acquired wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a 2022 third round pick (100th overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Subsequently, the Ravens ended up trading the 23rd overall pick they received in the deal to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills then used the pick to select cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Florida.
Brown, 24, recorded 195 receptions, 2361 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns over a span of 46 games and three seasons with the Ravens from 2019-2021.