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Jason Witten to retire from NFL after 17 seasons, will sign one-day contract with Dallas Cowboys

Gold Jacket Witt.

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Three years ago the Dallas Cowboys laid out the silver and blue carpet at The Star in Frisco to say goodbye to one of the greatest players in franchise history - tight end Jason Witten. A lot has happened since then as the Cowboys saw Witten return from his lone year in the ESPN Monday Night Football booth to play for them once more, and a year ago many thought he would hang up his cleats for good.

Ultimately that was not the case as Witten, who clearly had intentions to coach, flocked west towards the Las Vegas Raiders along with several other members of the 2019 Cowboys team. It was there that his team went 8-8 and barely missed the playoffs, a fortune he knew all too well with Dallas, and it appears as if he is now ready to officially move on from the NFL.

Jason Witten has told ESPN he is retiring from the NFL after a 17-year career. He intends to sign one-day contract and retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in March when his contract with the Las Vegas Raiders expires in March. He finishes his career with 1,228 catches, 13,046 yards, 74 touchdowns and 271 games played, which are the most in NFL history by a tight end.

Witten is one of the most decorated Dallas Cowboys of all time and will one day see his name hang in the Ring of Honor and he will shortly have a bronze bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The end of his career was certainly a bit unconventional, but he still is one of the greatest tight ends to have ever played the game of football.

What the future holds next for Witten remains uncertain, but whatever he does he will likely be successful in. It will be very fun to watch him sign a one-day contract with the Cowboys to officially retire with them. May he have all the luck and fortune in the next phase of his life.

Thank you for the memories, Gold Jacket Witt.