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Cowboys TE Jason Witten Decides on Retirement

Jess Haynie

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The wait is over. Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten will retire and enter the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football, per ESPN's Todd Archer.

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Breaking: Jason Witten is retiring from the Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football, multiple sources tell @toddarcher.

While news broke last Friday that Witten was planning to hang 'em up, nothing official had yet come from Jason himself or the organization.

In fact, there were reports this week that Coach Jason Garrett was trying to convince Witten to stick around for one more year. That's not surprising given the Cowboys' lack of experience at the TE position, plus the desire to have Witten's leadership in an otherwise young locker room.

But no, it appears #82's time is done in Dallas. He retires as the franchise leader in receptions and receiving yards, and third all-time in receiving touchdowns.

On November 5th, the Cowboys will host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. Last year, Tony Romo's first game back to Dallas as a CBS analyst came with a special program and fanfare.

We should expect no less for Jason Witten's return. Arguably the team's greatest player of the 2000s, this future Hall of Famer epitomized professionalism and excellence from almost the moment he walked through the door.

With both Witten and Dez Bryant now gone, the 2018 Dallas Cowboys offense will feel very different. We can only hope that new names and faces emerge to fill their big shoes.


Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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4 Comments
  • Ervinlang318

    Kind of a Dick Move to be Honest. He waits till the Draft Day #2 to say he may or may not return while exposing our new Draft Need and Allowing the Eagles to Swoop in and take that Need. Future Hall of Famer committed one of his late game false starts on this one.

    • Jess Haynie

      You got any proof that the Cowboys wanted Goedert? I haven’t seen any. All we have is the media concocting a fun narrative because it gets fans riled up.

  • Hector Espindola

    Witten to the ROH!!! With him an era ends…

  • Russ_Te

    Shame Witten never got his Lombardi. But the broadcast booths usually don’t open up as easily as Witten for Gruden, Romo for Simms. Both made a very wise decision to pocket their NFL earnings and not risk being crippled later in life. They will each have chronic pain as it is.

    Gathers facts:

    – 2 years preparing to play in NFL, studying
    – Had 2 big preseason games when he got his chance last year
    – Will smoke his camp competitors as a receiver…

    Ok I threw in that last one. But I think a big camp is ahead. Let the Rico era begin! ;^)

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REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

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REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Captain Sean Lee will likely miss time with a hamstring injury suffered during the team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Lee, who'd hurt his other hamstring in Week 2 against the Giants, had to leave yesterday's game with a new injury to the alternate leg. His status was reported on today by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury 1

Hamstring issues also bothered Sean Lee last year. He missed five games in 2017.

As Rapoport mentioned, the presence of rookie Leighton Vander Esch now takes far greater importance. The 2018 first-round pick looked good yesterday in relief of Sean, registering 11 tackles.

Another season of injury problems could put Lee's future with the Cowboys in jeopardy. In fact, it may only cement what was already a strong possibility.

Sean can be released next season for about $7 million in salary cap savings, and his replacement is already on the roster.

Lee is still a top NFL linebacker when healthy. But "when healthy" has been said far too often, and the Cowboys used their first-round pick this year to prepare for such a problem.

We'll see how long the 32-year-old has to sit out, and what impact that has on his career going forward.


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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for Datone Jones to earn his spot among the "Hot Boyz". The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine sacks through two games.

Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that Rod Marinelli can get the most out of.

Returning from a knee injury himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with Antwaun Woods doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of Cam Newton by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

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Guessing that means no Irving, I'd say Tyrone Crawford then Antwaun Woods. I have high hopes for Datone Jones once he returns though. https://t.co/9frjFK2J9J

A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return David Irving from suspension to play all over their defensive line - his best position also being at three technique.

Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of Kris Richard along with strong edge play from Taco Charlton and rookie Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing Russell Wilson. Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks offense, something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory also work with favorable match ups at defensive end.

Tell us what you think about "Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

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Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.


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