It was just before the NFL Draft last season that the Dallas Cowboys were hit with the news that Jason Witten would be retiring to serve as the voice of Monday Night Football. Not even one year later, that’s over. Jason Witten is returning to the Cowboys!
The Cowboys entered this offseason with the challenge to fill the void left by Witten for the first time. It was going to be difficult to replace a legend so why not get the legend himself?
It had previously been reported that Jason Garrett tried to bring Witten out of retirement and it seems like he finally got the job done. This is gigantic news.
Jason Witten will again play for the Dallas Cowboys. pic.twitter.com/FCuL88VvV0— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) February 28, 2019
It says an awful lot about the current state of the Cowboys that Jason Witten would return to play for them. His presence in the locker room cannot be quantified and he will surely provide a boost to the 2019 squad.
Gold Jacket Witt is back!
Update: 1:20pm ET
Contract details for Witten have emerged.
The #Cowboys are giving their new/old TE Jason Witten roughly $5M to come out of retirement for the 2019 season, source said. Witten had considered it for some time, now makes the dramatic return.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2019
Update: 1:25pm ET
If you thought we were going to see the same version of Witten, think again. He’s reportedly signing up for a more limited role. This could mean the Cowboys still draft or sign one, too.
A source just told @1033fmESPN that Witten has agreed to a limited snap role with the Cowboys. He’ll play, but not 60 snaps a game. He played 98.6 percent of the snaps (1048) in 2017.— Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_Journalist) February 28, 2019
Update: 1:30pm ET
There are some contradicting reports on Witten’s money. Adam Schefter has a different value.
Cowboys are giving their former and new tight end Jason Witten a one-year, $3.5 million contract, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2019