The New England Patriots reportedly signed tight end Asa Watson, from N.C. State and Rock Hill High, as an undrafted free agent Saturday. The signing was reported by The New England Sports Network, which cited a Baltimore Sun source.
Watson has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which causes the ventricles of the heart to prematurely contract. He had two surgeries a few years ago to treat the condition, takes medication to keep it under control, and said before the draft he told the few NFL teams that asked about it that “it’s a nuisance rather than a hindrance.”
Watson is the younger brother of New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson. His best year at N.C. State was in 2012. He caught 24 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. He is 6-foot-3, 239 pounds.
Free-agents signings from Carolinas colleges