Report: Jason Witten informs Cowboys that he'll retire, will join Monday Night Football broadcast
It appears that Jason Witten has made his final decision.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Witten has informed the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett of his intentions to retire. Archer also reported that Witten will join the Monday Night Football broadcast team.
Jason Witten has informed Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett that he will retire, according to multiple sources, who said the tight end will accept a position with ESPN’s Monday Night football. Witten struggled with the decision for the last week, but opted to walk away from the game. He leaves with the fourth-most catches in NFL history (1,152) behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.
Witten played 15 career seasons with the Cowboys. The future Hall of Famer caught a total of 1,152 passes for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. His production and and consistency have been second to none at his position. He retires as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards and finishes third in franchise history in touchdown receptions.
Witten, 35, is an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, and the Cowboys originally drafted Witten in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
It’s the second straight season the Cowboys have had to go through this. Last season, former quarterback Tony Romo exited the playing field and entered the broadcast booth with CBS.