Cowboys TE Jason Witten retiring after 15 seasons

Cowboys' Jason Witten retiring from the NFL after 15 seasons

The network is citing sources who say the Cowboys are aware that Witten may be looking to hang up his cleats, but that Witten hasn't made his final decision. In prior weeks, there has been speculation about ESPN targeting Witten for their opening on Monday Night Football.

Witten's $4.7M contract bonus wasn't paid to him prior to retiring, per Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan.

Witten, who played collegiately at Tennessee, was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 draft.

He made 11 Pro Bowls, four All Pro teams, and owns a plethora of National Football League and franchise receiving records.

Witten is the franchise leader in games, catches and yards receiving.

Nevertheless, the consensus is that Witten's impressive football career is coming to an end. He hadn't cracked 1,000 yards receiving since 2012, and his 560 receiving yards in 2017 marked his lowest total since his rookie year.

Swaim's nine career receptions represent the trio's entire output. That's down almost a full yard from 2016 and almost two full yards from his career average of 10.8.

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To play against the Detroit Lions on October 19, 2003, Witten stuffed rolls of quarters in his sweatpants so he could make his prescribed weight despite not being able to eat solid food. At this point in his career, it's just not something he can do consistently. It is the end of an era for the Cowboys' legends; An ending that many thought, and hoped, would come much, much later.

The Cowboys would have one of the hardest tasks to find his successor, especially after they released the wide receiver Dez Bryant to the draft. "Unfortunately, the answer likely won't contain No. 82".

If Witten is leaving, it will represent yet another big name departing during what is clearly a transition time for the franchise. However, the plot twist in this situation is Witten wants to be in the broadcasting booth with FoxSports this year.

Jarwin, undrafted a year ago, spent most of the season on the practice squad.

The 2018 draft may be Dallas' best bet to find a long-term successor to Witten.

For Witten, he should start getting his Hall of Fame speech ready.

Before James Hanna retired last week due to a lingering knee injury, the Cowboys' current roster bolstered a whopping five tight ends.

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