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Report: Watson schedules visit

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 8, 2010

Free agent tight end Ben Watson of New England has scheduled a visit with the Browns Wednesday, profootballtalk.com reports.

But Watson is meeting with Seattle today, according to the site, and if the Seahawks are serious about the six-year veteran, they may not let him leave town without a deal.

Both Browns coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll have connections with Watson, selected by the Patriots in the first round out of Georgia in 2004. Mangini worked in New England from 2001-05, Daboll from 2002-06, the latter as receivers coach.

Watson, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, played in 16 games and started seven in 2009, catching 29 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns, the second-most of his career.

In the past five seasons, Watson has played in 70 games and started 46. In his career, he's caught 167 passes for 2,102 yards and 20 TDs.

The Browns got only 11 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown from free agent Robert Royal in 2009 as he battled finger injuries. Second-year tight end Evan Moore showed promise with 12 catches for 158 yards after being promoted from the practice squad, but six of his receptions came in one game against the Chargers.

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