Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #8 OLB, #66/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 3 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 10 GP; 7 GS; PR: 1-3-3-0; 28 Sol-46 TT, 8 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 1 BLK; Limited by left elbow and left hamstring injuries during season. Sat out three games due to academic scandal. Seminoles' starter at the strongside linebacker in seven games including the Champs Sports Bowl. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 33 Sol-50 TT, 8 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FR; Started at the strong-side linebacker position. 2006: 12 GP; 1 GS; 15 Sol-23 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 BLK; Named to the All-ACC Freshman Team by The Sporting News…earned one starting assignment at the weakside linebacker position against Boston College, in place of the injured Geno Hayes.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bucs picks: Round 7/217 -- Dekoda Watson, LB, 6-1, 225, Florida St.: Watson led the Seminoles in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (6.5) last season, and will be reunited with former teammate Geno Hayes in Tampa Bay. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/31/15 - LB Dekoda Watson was re-signed Dec. 29, filling the roster spot opened with the release of RB Joey Iosefa a day earlier. Watson spent training camp in New England and was on the roster earlier this year.
12/29/15 - LB Dekoda Watson, who had his contract terminated by the Patriots Sept. 30, was re-signed by the Patriots Tuesday (Dec. 29).
10/01/15 - LB Dekoda Watson had his contract terminated by the Patriots Wednesday (Sept. 30). Watson had been released at the end of camp by the Patriots and re-signed with the team Sept. 16.
09/17/15 - LB Dekoda Watson, who had his contract terminated by the Patriots on Monday (Aug. 31), was re-signed Wednesday (Sept. 16).
08/31/15 - LB Dekoda Watson was released by the Patriots on Monday. Watson, 27, signed with the Patriots in May. In 70 NFL games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2014), he has tallied 120 tackles, three sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
05/18/15 - LB Dekoda Watson was signed by the Patriots Mayb 12. Watson, 27, has played in 70 NFL games, with seven starts, and has registered 120 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his five-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2014). Last season, he began the season with Jacksonville and appeared in nine games with one start. He posted nine tackles before being released on Nov. 11, 2014, and signing with Dallas on Nov. 14, 2014. He played in one game for the Cowboys, but did not accrue any statistics.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (217th overall) by Tampa Bay in 2010 out of Florida State. Watson's most productive NFL season came with the Buccaneers in 2013 when he registered 42 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
05/09/15 - LB Dekoda Watson had his contract terminated by the Cowboys Friday (May 8).
02/21/15 - LB Dekoda Watson reworked his contract from $1.25 million to $745,000 for next season. Dallas signed Watson in November after the Jaguars released him, but he played in only one game because of a hamstring injury.
12/26/14 - LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) is out this week.
12/19/14 - LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) is out of Sunday's game.