Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Dallas Cowboys and former Tennessee Volunteer tight end Jason Witten plans to retire and join ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team.
Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2018
Witten, whose picture was recently added to the back of the jumbotron outside Neyland Stadium, will end his successful 15 year NFL career as one of the best tight ends in NFL history. He will meet with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss the decision, but it probably won’t change anything. Witten’s best playing days are likely behind him as he turns 36 next week.
With 1,152 receptions, he will retire with the 4th most receptions in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, and Larry Fitzgerald. He’s also 21st all time in receiving yards and is the Dallas franchise leader in games played with 239. As a two time first-team All-Pro selection and 11-time Pro Bowler, Witten is a near unanimous top 10 tight end in NFL history and a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame.
Dallas will now have to replace two vital members from last years team with the departure of Dez Bryant and Witten. With the draft currently going on, look for them to try and fill those holes with a few rookies.