Cowboys News: Jason Witten Wants Contract to Play Another Season with Dallas

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IFebruary 19, 2020

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 15: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys prepares to take on the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Jason Witten would prefer to kick retirement at least one more year down the road.   

The 37-year-old tight end addressed his enduring desire to play in the NFL, hopefully with the Dallas Cowboys, while meeting with media at his Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award ceremony Tuesday night:

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Jason Witten on his future with the Cowboys: “I hope that it’s here just because there’s nothing I want more than to bring a championship here. I think this team is close. I think it really has the makeup to do some special things.” https://t.co/cOqqdcQ9vT

Jon Machota @jonmachota

Jason Witten on being open to playing with another team: “I think I have to be. Obviously that’s not ideal. I would love to finish it out here. ... It’s a good young group of tight ends. I think I can help them in a lot of ways.” https://t.co/d50Yd1lm0S

Witten came out of retirement on a one-year deal to return to the Cowboys last February.

Witten's retirement only lasted for the 2018 season, which he spent on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team. The next time he retires, he acknowledged that "coaching is in my future."

The 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro has played in Dallas his entire career since the Cowboys selected him in the third round of the 2003 NFL draft. Witten is the franchise's all-time leader in career receiving yards (12,977) and receptions (1,215), and his 72 receiving touchdowns rank second to Dez Bryant's 73.

Last season, Witten caught 63 passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns across 16 regular-season starts for 8-8 Dallas. 

The Cowboys fired head coach Jason Garrett following the 2019 campaign and hired Mike McCarthy as his replacement. Witten touched on his communication with the team's new head coach, as well as with owner Jerry Jones:

David Moore @DavidMooreDMN

Jason Witten has met w/ Mike McCarthy once. In that meeting he hadn’t made a final decision to play. Once he did, he got word to McCarthy. That is where things stand.

David Moore @DavidMooreDMN

Jason Witten continues to talk to the Jones family while he waits to see if he’ll continue his playing career w/ the Cowboys. Mike McCarthy & his staff continue to review tape & determine what, if any, role Witten will have on this team going forward.

If Dallas' new regime opts to move forward without Witten, tight end will be a position that needs immediate attention as 25-year-old tight end Blake Jarwin is a restricted free agent.

The Cowboys will have a busy offseason all around. Quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver Amari Cooper, cornerback Byron Jones and defensive end Robert Quinn will likely be priorities on a long list of unrestricted free agents. 


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