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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

14 Comments

  1. Saul Molina

    April 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm

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

    • Travis Diggs

      April 27, 2018 at 1:28 pm

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

      • Saul Molina

        April 27, 2018 at 1:50 pm

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

        • Travis Diggs

          April 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm

          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

            April 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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

          • Travis Diggs

            April 27, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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

          • Saul Molina

            April 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm

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

          • Travis Diggs

            April 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm

            Ok if you say so. Enjoy your weekend pussy

          • Saul Molina

            April 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm

            You to you bitch ass hoe

  2. Travis Diggs

    April 27, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    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

  3. Hector Espindola

    April 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm

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

  4. Russ_Te

    April 28, 2018 at 12:43 am

    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

      April 28, 2018 at 12:49 am

      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.

  5. Russ_Te

    April 28, 2018 at 12:45 am

    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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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

Jess Haynie

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David Irving

The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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