Cowboys TE Jason Witten retires, to join ESPN as analyst

Cowboys TE Jason Witten retires, to join ESPN as analyst

Cowboys TE Jason Witten retires, to join ESPN as analyst

Witten, who turns 36 on Sunday, didn't comment for the reports. Witten will be accepting the role of color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Witten's 1,152 career catches are second-most all-time for a tight end, behind only Tony Gonzalez, and fourth-most in National Football League history, behind Jerry Rice, Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

The news reportedly came as a surprise to the Cowboys, who ultimately drafted a tight end in the fourth round of this past weekend's draft.

Meanwhile, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported a different network provided another "interesting" offer that could make his decision more hard. The losses for the Dallas offense continue this offseason, as 15-year veteran Jason Witten announced his retirement. Tony Romo, the Cowboys' Saved from 2006 to 2015, retired annually past and led into the broadcast booth.

"There's not always a fairy-tale end", Witten said near the end of last season.

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More than ever, the mantle of leadership falls squarely on the shoulders of third-year quarterback Dak Prescott. He's fourth all time among EVERYONE when it comes to receptions.

Still, the Cowboys were expecting at least a few more productive years out of Witten.

The ideal example came during the fourth quarter of a November 4, 2007 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Witten, a third-round pick in 2003, was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012. Witten eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in four different seasons. In the meantime, the Cowboys are coming off a disappointing 9-7 season.

With Witten gone, Dallas' tight end depth chart now features Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin and rookie fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz.

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