Witten ends broadcasting career, returns to the Cowboys

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jason Witten has ended his retirement and broadcasting career for now. He has returned to the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal. 

He missed the 2018 NFL season. He will receive a $3.5 million deal.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten catches a touchdown against the New York Giants
Jason Witten catches a touchdown against the New York Giants (Getty Images)

When he was an ESPN Monday Night Football broadcaster, he was making $4 million in his lone season. He was criticized for bad broadcasting at times.

“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”

He last played in the NFL during the 2017 season. He started 16 games during that season with 63 receptions for 560 yards and five touchdowns. 

“Look, every day I was a part of the Cowboys, and even before that, I loved the game of football. I loved the process of it,” Witten said. “I loved March. I loved training camp. I loved getting better and adversity and going through it with [the] guys, that shared commitment part of it. Nothing can replace that feeling and I knew that.”

The Elizabethton, Tennessee native Witten — who will be 37 on May 6th — spent 15 seasons with the team. He appeared in 239 games, including 229 starts. 

He had 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. 

According to ESPN, Witten wants to transition from playing to coaching in the future. 

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