The Patriots sign veteran tight end Ben Watson

The 38-year-old was a Patriots first round pick in 2004 and played six seasons in New England.

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Ben Watson, 38, had 35 catches for 400 yards with New Orleans last season. –The Associated Press

The Patriots went to a familiar face to help bolster their tight end position, signing veteran free agent Ben Watson, a league source confirmed to the Globe.

Watson, 38, was in Foxborough Thursday meeting with the Patriots as he prepared to unretire after originally calling it quits shortly after wrapping up his 14th NFL season. He was the Patriots’ first-round pick in 2004 and had 167 catches for 2,102 yards and 20 touchdowns during a six-year run in New England.