Raiders’ Jason Witten retires for the second time

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten has announced his retirement. He played 17 seasons in the NFL.

This is Witten’s second retirement. During the 2018 offseason, he retired to move into the Monday Night Football booth. He returned to the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills
Jason Witten scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills (Getty Images)

He spent 16 seasons playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Then, in the 2020 off-season, he signed a one-year deal with the Raiders.

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“A coach once told me, ‘The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example,'” Witten told ESPN. “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.”

He plans on signing a one-day deal with the Cowboys in March. He’ll retire as a member of the Cowboys.

The 38-year-old has played in more games in NFL history by a tight end. He has played in 271 games.

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This past season, he appeared in 16 games, including seven starts. He had 13 receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

The 69 yards were a career-low for Witten in a season. His previous lowest was 347 yards during his rookie season in 2003.

In his career, he has appeared in 271 games. He has started 252 games.

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Witten has had 1,228 receptions for 13,046 yards. He also had 74 touchdown receptions.

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