The Cowboys were expecting some fireworks this week as they entered the NFL Draft with some exciting possibilities. This was definitely not the surprise they were looking for, though.
After 15 seasons in the NFL, veteran tight end Jason Witten has decided to hang up his cleats and join the Monday Night Football team, per Chris Mortensen.
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
First Dez Bryant and now this? Cowboys fans are losing all of their favorites.
This decision has to come as a complete shock to Dallas, as Witten previously stated this month he wanted to play until he was 40. He may be getting older, but he was still a staple for this offense and was expected to resume his role as a safety blanket for Dak Prescott this season.
Dallas believes they have Witten's replacement, but didn't expect to throw him to the wolves so soon.
Cowboys TE depth chart if Jason Witten retires:— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) April 27, 2018
1. Geoff Swaim (378 career snaps)
2. Rico Gathers (0)
3. Blake Jarwin (3)
Now that it's all said and done, Witten will go down as one of the best tight ends in history. With 1,152 catches, 12,448 yards, 68 touchdowns, 11 Pro Bowls and two All-Pro honors, it's safe to say he's a Cowboys legend.
It's certainly a shock, but Cowboys fans will forever respect one of the greatest players in franchise history.