METAIRIE, La. — The Saints solidified the tight end position Monday, signing free agent Benjamin Watson.
New Orleans also re-signed linebacker Ramon Humber.
The team had been tight end-deficient since releasing David Thomas earlier in the offseason. Until Monday, the Saints had only Jimmy Graham and Michael Higgins on the roster, with the latter having little game experience having spent most of his career on the practice squad.
Watson, though, adds a big body at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds who can block and catch. Watching started 41 of 45 games for Cleveland since 2010. He originally was drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft by the New England Patriots.
In 116 games, Watson has 321 catches for 3,776 yards and 28 touchdowns.
A season ago, Watson finished with 49 catches, tying for second-most in his career, and 501 yards, his third-highest total. He also had three touchdowns.
Humber, meanwhile, first came to New Orleans in 2010. Since then, he has proven to be a valuable special teams player. A season ago, Humber played in 13 games, finishing with 14 tackles, including four in New Orleans’ win over San Diego.