Jason Witten planning to retire after 15 seasons

Apr 28, 2018, 15:14
Jason Witten planning to retire after 15 seasons

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join ESPN as its lead analyst for the "Monday Night Football" telecast, the network reported Friday. Jerry then said he won't be addressing the situation any further this weekend, per Witten's wishes. On April 27, they selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first-round pick.

Witten retiring contradicts statements he made just ten days ago so to say that this is a shock is an understatement.

Witten was scheduled to meet with owner Jerry Jones on Friday. The latter two have no career stats.

Witten was not available for immediate comment. He's the franchise's all-time leader in receptions with 1,152 - 53 percent more than second-place Michael Irvin - and receiving yards with 12,448. Recently the Cowboys cut longtime star receiver Dez Bryant. He was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and is fourth all-time in receiving yards in the National Football League, second all-time among tight ends.

Last spring, Witten inked a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season. "When I wake up tomorrow, that's where my focus will be on as I move forward". "I guess that's what happens when you get old". There is now a major need at tight end and not a lot that the Dallas Cowboys can do about it. Witten would be the third Cowboys player to be in the No. 1 broadcast team for a network.

Don't start penciling in the Cowboys for a tight end in those Day 2 mock drafts just yet. This includes Blake Jarwin (0), Rico Gathers (0), and Geoff Swaim (9).

Witten would be ESPN's second choice, according to the New York Post. Reports are coming out that they were completely surprised by Witten's retirement and had no idea it was even coming. He caught just 30 passes past year, his lowest total since his rookie season.

After being inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and constantly finding himself in head coach featured Bruce Arians' doghouse, Humphries showed more in his second and third seasons.

To play against the Detroit Lions on October 19, 2003, Witten stuffed rolls of quarters in his sweatpants so he could make his prescribed weight despite not being able to eat solid food. He did not miss another game in his career, despite numerous sprained knees and ankles and other injuries. "I hope he's super critical", Prescott said. The available tight ends in the draft include South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, and in tight end Ian Thomas. He's made 11 Pro Bowls and was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012.

The Jason Witten SCORE Foundation connects mentors with families suffering from domestic violence or abuse and established a domestic violence prevention program in 2010.