Last Friday reports came out that Jason Witten was planning to retire, but it hasn’t officially happened yet. Jerry Jones met with Witten to discuss the future and after that meeting it was said that nothing would happen until after the weekend. Witten was reportedly contemplating his retirement decision. Now, it looks like a decision won’t be made until Wednesday, and a new wrinkle has been added to the story.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten continues to contemplate his decision to retire in order to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team, but a source said another network has made an “interesting” last-minute proposal that is also being pondered by Witten.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is actively trying to persuade Witten to play a 16th season in 2018, a team source said.
Witten hopes to have a final decision in the next 48 hours, with an announcement likely by Wednesday, a source said.
The Cowboys decided to draft a tight end, Dalton Schultz, in the fourth round on Saturday, which seems like an indication they feel Witten is leaning toward retirement. The fact that he now has two networks interested in him makes it appear he’s pretty much decided that is his future, although anything could happen.
If Witten retires, the Cowboys will have Schultz, Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin as the choices to take the snaps on offense. None of them have seen much action besides Swaim, and that was mostly as a blocker.