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  • Jason Witten Ends Retirement.....Will Return To Cowboys

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...urn-to-cowboys


    Jason Witten's retirement from football and broadcasting career lasted less than a calendar year. Witten, who announced his retirement on May 3, 2018 to join ESPN's "Monday Night Football" as an analyst, announced Thursday he is returning for a 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys.

    "The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," the tight end said in a statement, via the Cowboys' official website. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt."

    The Cowboys also enticed Witten with a financial incentive. Witten will receive up to $5 million to come out of retirement, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

    With the veteran tight end's return, the Cowboys' passing attack just got a little better. Witten, who turns 37 on May 6, entered the league in 2003 as a third-round pick with the Cowboys and went on to spend 15 seasons in Dallas, where he was a two-time All-Pro selection and an 11-time Pro Bowler.

    Before announcing he was stepping away from football last season, Witten amassed 1,152 catches for 12,488 yards and 68 touchdowns. He ranks fourth all-time in NFL career receptions behind Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (1,549), Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (1,303).

    Witten's departure last year left a void at the tight end position and in the Cowboys' offense, which entered training camp without reliable options given the absences of Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was released during the offseason.

    Dallas addressed the wide receiver position by adding Michael Gallup in the draft and trading for Amari Cooper during the regular season before the trade deadline. The tight end spot, however, failed to produce consistency that the Cowboys were accustomed to with Witten, as Blake Jarwin led the position group with 27 catches for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

    Witten's return should be welcomed with open arms by quarterback Dak Prescott and the entire Cowboys organization.

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    Not sure how to take this. I wonder if a year off will make him a different performer, given his age. Could be a positive for them though, because a good TE can find their spots, and with good hands and toughness, and in his case, leadership, can be an asset.

    I assume he is secure on getting another broadcast job when he retires from football, for good. I guess the potential of earning $5M isn't too shabby either, given his post football opportunities will likely be very good.

  • #2
    Wow. I think they ran at him to come back last year too, but he declined. Didn't think I'd see him come back.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by ebsoria View Post
      Wow. I think they ran at him to come back last year too, but he declined. Didn't think I'd see him come back.
      I wonder if Jones thinks he is the missing piece in the puzzle. If so, that might be a mistake, given that you can find another TE in the draft and otherwise. But it is likely it was his leadership that they felt was missing. Zak might have some, but Zeke is not that guy.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CanDB View Post
        I wonder if Jones thinks he is the missing piece in the puzzle. If so, that might be a mistake, given that you can find another TE in the draft and otherwise. But it is likely it was his leadership that they felt was missing. Zak might have some, but Zeke is not that guy.
        Oh, I think it's a leadership thing for real! And bringing Witten back will help huge.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ebsoria View Post
          Oh, I think it's a leadership thing for real! And bringing Witten back will help huge.
          Ha ha...I think I said the obvious!!

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          • #6
            He could be a nice addition for them if he can still play.

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            • #7
              Meh, how much does he REALLY have left to give?

              He was already older and slower. Now, he's coming back after an entire year of color commentating.

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