Jason Witten ends retirement, back with Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, 03 Mar, 2019

Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys announced on Twitter on Thursday that Jason Witten has chose to end his retirement and return to the team for his 16th season.

"The fire inside of me to compete is burning too strong", he said in a statement.

"So I have a lot of confidence in him to be able to come back and contribute to our team". In terms of National Football League records, he retired with 1,152 career receptions, which ranks fourth in National Football League history, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

During his 15 seasons with the Cowboys, Witten totaled more than 12,000 receiving yards and caught 68 touchdowns.

Focus will shift to ESPN and it's staffing of "Monday Night Football".

According to Ian Rapoport, Witten will be getting around $5 million for the season. At 36 years old (he'll be 37 before the team opens training camp), Witten stepped out of retirement and signed a contract to return to the Cowboys for 2019. The Cowboys retained his rights during that time with Witten placed on the NFL's Reserve/Retired list.

Witten weathered some criticism in his first season with ESPN, but kept saying he was committed to improving and sticking with broadcasting. The 2019 season will mark his 16th season with the Texas team. He also played for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams before retiring in 2017.

Bringing Witten back for another season is an interesting move for the Cowboys.