Jason Witten is retiring again.
Witten told Archer:
"A coach once told me, 'The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.' As I hang it up, I walk away knowing that for 17 seasons I gave it my absolute all. I am proud of my accomplishments as a football player on the field and the example I tried to set off of it. Football is a great game that has taught me many valuable lessons, and I look forward to passing on that knowledge to the next generation."
Witten retired for one season in 2018, serving as color commentator for ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast. He returned to the Cowboys in 2019 before spending the last season with the Raiders.
Witten, 38, accumulated 1,215 receptions in 16 years with the Cowboys for 12,977 yards and 74 touchdowns. He added 13 catches for 69 yards and two scores this past season with the Raiders.
The 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro selection finishes his career fourth in all-time receptions and 19th in receiving yards.
He'll make a very interesting case for the Hall of Fame and was contemporaries with a number of players who helped evolve the tight end position, from Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates to Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and George Kittle.
Witten's future may be on the sidelines rather than back in the broadcast booth. Per ESPN's Ed Werder, "He has an interest in coaching and agreed to be a position coach for an NFL team if it hired a certain head coach candidate."
It would be surprising if Witten didn't have a future in football in some capacity. Regardless of what comes next, it's only fitting that he'll retire as a Cowboy.