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Cowboys' Jason Witten retiring to become analyst with ESPN's 'MNF,' report says

03 May, 2018, 18:39 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Jason Witten reportedly offered $4-4.5 million by ESPN, more than twice his NFL max, and another network may be in play

This morning, as we've found out, Jason Witten has been confirmed as the choice on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

The 10-time Pro Bowl tight end informed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones of his plan to retire Thursday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been announced.

Witten's decision leaves the Cowboys in a curious place, having lost two of their top three players in career touchdown catches over the last month.

"He has some things to think about and discuss with his family from a professional perspective", Jones said before the introductory news conference for first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch. "So, that's a decision that he has to make as to what's most important to him".

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On Saturday, the Cowboys drafted Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz in the fourth round.

It makes sense that Witten would follow in the footsteps of his best bud, Tony Romo, in hanging it up to join the broadcast booth. "And I told him that the life that broadcasting afforded me with my children to give me the opportunity to be with them during the week".

Witten is the Cowboys' all-time receptions and receiving yardage leader; he also is a former NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and heralded as an exemplary model for an athlete giving back to the community.

Jason Witten is retiring from the game and heading into the broadcast booth. Even if he didn't start out too good, he's going to be good. He's a leader (and one of the best interviews) in the Cowboys locker room and on the field. Witten's 68 career receiving touchdowns ranks third in Cowboys history and fifth all-time among tight ends in National Football League history.

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