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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten Retiring, Joining MNF Broadcast Booth

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten Retiring, Joining MNF Broadcast Booth

With a three day celebration of football getting underway last night from AT&T Stadium at the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys came away without addressing their pressing needs at both wide receiver and left guard. Now entering day two with Leighton Vander Esch already selected, the Cowboys have a Hall of Fame sized hole on the roster.

This morning, it was reported that Tight End Jason Witten will retire from the National Football League after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys. Witten will follow in the footsteps of the quarterback he played the most games for, CBS Sports' Tony Romo, as he departs for the vacant analyst position with ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Chris Mortensen on Twitter

Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources.

This day was always coming soon for the Cowboys. Saying goodbye to a team legend that the Cowboys were never able to reach the Super Bowl with was never going to be easy though, and even with today's draft bringing new and exciting players, there will be a dark cloud over Dallas.

Witten's production had steadily declined in recent seasons, but his commitment to being Jason Garrett's perfect "right kind of guy" never wavered. Catching only 63 passes from Dak Prescott in 2017, Witten recorded just one season with fewer receptions in 15 years - his rookie campaign of 2003.

The Dallas Cowboys will never be in the market to replace Jason Witten.

Even with this news coming in the middle of a draft, giving the Cowboys a chance to add a dynamic tight end that better fits their new-look offense, Witten's total impact on America's Team will be felt for a very long time.

Jason Witten remaining in the public eye with Monday Night Football may feel awkward at first for Cowboys fans that embraced the TE as theirs for so many years. We wish Jason the best of luck in his new broadcasting career.

See you in Canton, #82.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten Retiring, Joining MNF Broadcast Booth" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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14 Comments
  • Saul Molina

    You will be missed my friend you are truly the G.O.A.T

    • Travis Diggs

      Im a big Wit fan but GOAT tho??? Maybe greatest cowboys te but not even in top 5 of greatest TE’s

      • Saul Molina

        I’ll tell you right now your an idiot don’t even text back jackass

        • Travis Diggs

          Im a jackass for stating that Witten isnt better than Tony Gonzalez and the greats. But your caught up in feelings towards me for stating that. FOH pussy

          • Saul Molina

            Yea real easy to talk shit through the Internet you little bitch bet you wouldn’t say that to my face

          • Travis Diggs

            Get out your feelings pussy Jason Witten is so dear to your heart he’s got you arguing wit people online lol

          • Saul Molina

            Yea come down to where I’m and say that in person bet you won’t this conversation is over

          • Travis Diggs

            Ok if you say so. Enjoy your weekend pussy

          • Saul Molina

            You to you bitch ass hoe

  • Travis Diggs

    Good luck Wit Its been real. This is actually a blessing in the sky. This offense is getting younger and faster. I can’t wait to see the duo of Rico and Jarwin

  • Hector Espindola

    Good call Senator! Time was really catching you up. I will wear with more pride your jersey!!! The best in your new career!!

  • Russ_Te

    Late reports that Witten may be thinking about his decision this weekend. But he knows the end is in sight, and the MNF booth is open right now. Too bad his years in Dallas never included a Lombardi.

    Let the Rico era begin! ;^)

    • EverybodyTalks

      I read that part of the Witten talk with JJ concerned that bonus, he picked up in March, for redoing his contract…so there’s that sticky money thing. That all may be a nuttin-burger or maybe not.

  • Russ_Te

    In reality it will be a donnybrook now in camp at TE, unless Witten un-retires. Likely at least 1 TE drafted tomorrow, and maybe somebody signed from a practice squad. I think Gathers will be in learning mode as a blocker, but could be a real upgrade in the pass patterns.

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Report: Center Travis Frederick Undergoing Shoulder Evaluation

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After missing the team's walkthrough this morning, it is being reported that Dallas Cowboys starting center Travis Frederick is having his shoulder evaluated due to multiple stingers. According to reports, Frederick has been dealing with stingers all training camp, and the Cowboys are unsure what is wrong with his shoulder.

Frederick rarely misses any practice time at all, and has not missed a start since he entered the league in 2013. He's the catalyst of this offensive line, and will be greatly missed if his injury is severe enough to make him miss regular season game time.

David Helman on Twitter

Jason Garrett says Travis Frederick is getting his shoulder looked at in Los Angeles. He's been dealing with stingers. No update behind that #cowboyswire

Joe Looney has been tasked with replacing Frederick for the time being, taking first team center reps during today's walk through and practice.

Given how meaningless Saturday's game is, I'd expect Looney to start at center against the Bengals this weekend as well. Hopefully the evaluation reveals that Frederick's issues are not serious and he will be ready for game one, but consistent stingers will always make fans fear for the worst.



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Cowboys G Marcus Martin Needs Surgery; Impact on 53-Man Roster

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Marcus Martin, the veteran guard Dallas signed as a free agent last March, suffered a potential season-ending injury in the team's preseason opener last Thursday night. Just how long he'll be out is still be determined, but it still should impact the Cowboys' final 53-man roster this season.

Martin tore ligaments in his right big toe against the 49ers. However, as of yesterday, it was not decided if he would pursue surgery.

Brandon George on Twitter

The Cowboys don't expect backup OG Marcus Martin to play this season after he tore ligaments in his big toe in the preseason opener, but he's seeking a 2nd opinion before deciding whether to have surgery. Martin signed a 1-year deal with Dallas as a free agent this offseason.

A former third-round pick in 2014, the 24-year-old was brought in as a potential reserve at both guard at center. He was still in competition with Joe Looney and others for a roster spot, though, and his minimal one-year contract suggested nothing was guaranteed.

Even if Martin doesn't have surgery, he is almost sure to miss the start of the season. Dallas would likely place him on injured reserve, but still have the option to recall him after Week 8.

Marcus' absence all but guarantees that Looney will return in 2018. This will be his third year in the system and his ability to play center is critical.

In my 53-man roster projection last week, I had both Looney and Martin making the team. So if I had that right, that means a spot has opened up for probably fifth-year veteran Kadeem Edwards, who was playing with the second unit in the preseason opener.

The notorious Chaz Green, who has played guard at times, could also be the beneficiary of the open roster spot.

Damien Mama, an undrafted free agent in 2017 who Dallas added this offseason, is the only other guard currently on the roster. We should get to see more of him as the preseason continues.

Marcus Martin's availability, or lack thereof, and how it ultimately impacts the roster will be determined in the coming weeks.



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LB Jaylon Smith 100% Healthy Entering 2018 Season

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#DALvsIND: 5 Cowboys Storylines To Watch In Preseason Week 2 1

If you need any more reason to be excited about the Dallas Cowboys upcoming 2018 season, then look no further than their 2016 second-round draft pick, Jaylon Smith. His comeback story from the devastating knee injury he sustained in his last collegiate game at Notre Dame has been well-documented, but recent news suggests his journey has finally come full circle.

Once considered a top-five pick, Smith saw his draft stock plummet due to concerns he may never be able to step foot on the field ever again. Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys were willing to gamble he would be able to make a full recovery and once again become the player he was with the Fighting Irish.

The long and grueling rehab process couldn't have been easy to endure. Jaylon Smith was forced to pretty much redshirt his rookie season and played on a pitch count Year 2 while he continued to rehab, waiting for nerve regeneration that may never fully heal.

Luckily for him, he joined a team with a really good support system both on and off the field. A support system that just so happened to include his brother, Running Back Rod Smith. It's that support system that could have made a huge difference in his approach to rehab. An approach that may have finally paid off.

Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LBs Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith

All reports indicate Jaylon Smith is 100% healthy once again, or as close to it as possible. Rod Smith, his brother, said Jaylon is back to being as good as he was at Notre Dame. Jaylon however said he is even better than he was. But, they are not the only ones weighing in on Smith's health.

Scouting Director Will McClay went on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio Monday morning and declared LB Jaylon 100 percent healthy from the injury he suffered in college that kept him out his rookie season in 2016 and had him on a pitch count in 2017.

Will McClay isn't the only one that has noticed a difference in Jaylon Smith. Head Coach Jason Garrett has said Smith has grown leaps and bounds from last year and are treating him like a player with no limitations.

"Again, he worked hard in his rehab. Coming into this off-season he was able to take that brace off. I think that's freed him up a little bit," Garrett said.

"And he just looks much more natural. So again, you'll have to ask him that very question, but from our point of view, he looks like he's moving around really well, changing direction really well, making a lot of plays. I think he's gaining more confidence with each day. We really don't have a plan for him right now. He's full-go and ready to practice every day with no limitation."

All of these accounts certainly make it sound like Jaylon Smith's arrow is trending upwards and that he is as healthy as he has been since joining the Dallas Cowboys.

Luckily, we don't have long to see him in action. I don't know about you, but Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Week 1 of the NFL Preseason can't get here soon enough.

Are you excited to see a 100% healthy Jaylon Smith this season?



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