Another great NFL player is retiring after 17 NFL seasons.
Jason Witten spent 16 seasons (2003-17, 2019) with Dallas before joining Jon Gruden in Las Vegas last season. His gap year (2018) he spent as one of ESPN’s Monday Night Football analysts.
ESPN’s Todd Archer reports Witten plans to sign a one-day contract with the Cowboys — when his contract with the Raiders expires — in March to officially retire with Dallas.
He set several Cowboy’s team records. Witten is Dallas’ all-time leader in catches (1,215) and yards (12,977), meanwhile he’s second in TD receptions (72).
He started a franchise-record 245 games, while playing in 255 career games with Dallas (also a team record).
Overall, Witten is second all-time among tight ends in receiving yards (13,046) and receptions (1,228). Only Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez has more yards and receptions, at tight end, than Witten.
Witten ranks 19th in receiving yards and fourth in receptions among all NFL players. His 74 touchdown catches is 38th in NFL history.
In 2012, Witten was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year.