It was just about a week ago when Jason Witten shocked us all by “un-retiring” and returning to his one and only NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys. Today, the Cowboys and Jason Witten made it official as the tight end signed a one-year deal to return for the 2019 season.
To make it happen, the Cowboys first had to release Witten from the reserve/retired list which they did this past Monday. Once that procedural hurdle was cleared, the team and Witten agreed to one-year deal with a base salary of $2 million that could increase all the to $5 million through incentives. Originally, we had two different versions of the contract.
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
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
We still don’t have the fine details of the contract, but based on all this information it’s likely that it’s constructed as to have a $2 million base salary with some easy to reach incentives moving it up to the $3.5 million range. The rest of the incentives that would put it at $5 millions are probably a little tougher to reach.
It’s also being reported that Witten has already been working out at the Star with his teammates. Just like always, Witten puts in the work.