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Dekoda Watson
File:Dekoda Watson.JPG
Watson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1988-03-03) March 3, 1988 (age 34)
Aiken, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:South Aiken
(Aiken, South Carolina)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 217
Career history
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2010 2013)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-ACC (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:147
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:4
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Dekoda Watson (born March 3, 1988) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Early years

Watson attended South Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina, where he was a letterman in football and track. In high school football, he recorded 123 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior, earning him all-state honors by and all-southern team by the Orlando Sentinel. In his junior season, he registered 102 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 18 sacks from the defensive end position. Watson was named Defensive MVP after recording nine tackles and a sack for the South Carolina team in the annual North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl.

In track & field, Watson was an standout athlete as sprinter/jumper. At the 2006 Region 4-4A, he captured two state titles, winning the triple jump with a leap of 42 ft 10 in (13.10 m), and running the lead leg on the South Aiken 4 × 100 m relay, helping them win the event with a time of 42.59 seconds. In addition, he also earned a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, with a PR time of 11.07 seconds.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by, Watson was listed as the No. 25 outside linebacker in the nation.[2] He chose Florida State over South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

College career

In his initial year at Florida State, Watson played in 12 games and earned one starting assignment at the weakside linebacker position against Boston College, stepping in for the injured Geno Hayes. He totaled 23 tackles to finish second on the team among first year players (second to Myron Rolle) in total tackles, and earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors by The Sporting News.

As a sophomore, Watson started all 12 games during the regular season at the strong side linebacker position and ranked fifth on the team with a single-season career-high 50 tackles. In his junior year, he ranked fourth among Seminoles defenders with 46 tackles.

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 226 lb 4.56 s 1.54 s 2.60 s 4.11 s 6.82 s 40 in 11 ft 2 in 24 reps

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Watson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Watson was signed to a four-year contract on June 18, 2010.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Watson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 12, 2014.[3] He was waived on November 11, 2014.[4]

Dallas Cowboys

Watson signed with the Dallas Cowboys on November 13, 2014, just four days after playing against them as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released on May 8, 2015.

New England Patriots

Watson signed with the New England Patriots on May 12, 2015.[5] On August 31, 2015, the Patriots released Watson.

On September 16, 2015, the Patriots re-signed Watson.[6] They released him again on September 30, 2015.

Watson was once again signed by the Patriots on December 29, 2015.

Denver Broncos

On May 16, 2016, Watson signed with the Denver Broncos.[7]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 17, 2017, Watson signed a three-year deal worth $6 million with the San Francisco 49ers.[8]

On September 8, 2018, Watson was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[9] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 1, 2018.[10] On December 5, 2018, Watson was placed on injured reserve for the second time in a year with a calf injury.[11]

Denver Broncos (second stint)

On April 27, 2019, the 49ers traded Watson, along with a sixth round draft pick, to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fifth round pick.[12] He was released on August 26, 2019.[13]


  2. "Outside linebackers 2006",, January 30, 2006,
  3. "Jaguars sign LB Dekoda Watson". March 12, 2014.
  4. Wilkening, Mike. "Jaguars waive LB Dekoda Watson, activate CB Aaron Colvin". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. "Patriots sign LB Dekoda Watson". May 12, 2015.
  6. Alper, Josh. "Patriots sign Dekoda Watson". Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  7. Mason, Andrew. "Broncos sign linebacker Dekoda Watson". Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  8. "49ers Sign LB Dekoda Watson". March 17, 2017.
  9. "49ers place Dekoda Watson on injured reserve". September 8, 2018.
  10. "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves ahead of Week 9". November 1, 2018.
  11. "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". December 5, 2018.
  12. DiLalla, Aric (April 27, 2019). "Broncos trade fifth-round pick to San Francisco for LB Dekoda Watson, sixth-round pick".
  13. DiLalla, Aric (August 26, 2019). "Broncos release DL Zach Kerr and LB Dekoda Watson".

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