Report: Former Tennessee TE Jason Witten planning to retire from NFL, has big new career plans
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten is planning to call it a career, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Witten has played 15 years with the Cowboys, and he’s planning on joining ESPN’s new Monday Night Football broadcast team as the lead analyst.
There’s little doubt that Witten is a future Hall of Famer, as he’s put up ridiculous numbers during his career. He’s caught a total of 1,152 passes for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. His longevity, production and consistency have been second to none.
According to Mortensen, the decision hasn’t been finalized yet, and he’s planning speaking with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.
Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018
Since the end of the 2017 season, Witten expressed interest in continuing to play. He currently has four years left on his contract and set to make $6.5 million in 2018. However, it appears he’s going to take the Tony Romo path in retiring and heading straight into broadcasting.
“I’m coming back,” Witten said in January. “I feel confident I can play the position at a high level still and all the things that are asked of me as a leader. I feel good about that.”
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.