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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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Cowboys Interest in Raiders WR Amari Cooper Increases Ahead of Trade Deadline

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Dallas Cowboys Interest in Raiders WR Amari Cooper Increases

This week, Stephen Jones discussed the difficulties of making a trade, saying "it just seems like in the NFL trades are hard to make, to make it all come together for two teams".

The two teams that could be lining up to change that are of course Jones' Cowboys as well as John Gruden's Oakland Raiders. Yet another Raiders player has been in the headlines as a trade target, 24-year old Wide Receiver Amari Cooper.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

WR-needy Cowboys doing their due diligence on Raiders' WR Amari Cooper: https://t.co/pE2wmrzCXu

Playing at the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Cowboys will have yet another reshuffled lineup at wide receiver, playing without Tavon Austin. Their biggest offseason addition to this unit was Allen Hurns, and he's been underwhelming with just eight catches.

Thus the Cowboys are reportedly doing their "due diligence" on Cooper, sensing the need for a mid-season acquisition at WR for the right price. The Cowboys ability to potentially find that price in a deal advantageous to them, given how the Raiders handled the departure of Khalil Mack in a trade to this Chicago Bears, is what makes this story relevant.

A lot has been said about Cooper since his name emerged as the latest player potentially out of the Bay Area. Whether you believe he's still an impact receiver with the potential to regain his Pro Bowl form of 2015 and 2016 or one that "doesn't love football," as some have been inclined to say, the former fourth overall pick represents an investment into the WR position that the Cowboys have not made in some time.

In those Pro Bowl seasons, Cooper averaged over 77 catches a season while putting up over 1,000 yards in both. The Raiders have used this to justify their reported asking price of a first-round pick for Cooper, something the Cowboys are not alone in their reluctance to give.

With Cooper, the Raiders are holding onto their last bit of relevancy. A reeling 1-5 football team that needs to maximize their return on trading Cooper, the Colts and Redskins are also following in the Cowboys footsteps by preparing as much as they can on the player.

Cooper has caught 22 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown through six games this season.

For as desperate as the Raiders are to jump-start their organization, the Cowboys should be just as desperate to add a threat like Cooper to their passing attack. Unlike the Raiders, they're in the hunt for a division title, something much harder to put a price on when it comes to the Jones' finalizing any deal for Cooper in the coming days.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, October 30th, at 3 PM Central Time. The Cowboys will be two days into their bye week, not in action again after Sunday until November 5th.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Interest in Raiders WR Amari Cooper Increases Ahead of Trade Deadline" 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 Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

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Cowboys WR Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

A groin injury sustained last week against Jacksonville won't send Tavon Austin to injured reserve, at least for now. The Dallas Cowboys receiver has elected to forego surgery at this time, giving him a chance to return to action in 2018.

There was concern that Austin could land on IR initially following the Jaguars game, but he sought a second opinion this week. It appears that this new information was enough for Tavon and the Cowboys to decide that surgery can wait.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Sounds like WR Tavon Austin will not have surgery at this time after getting a second opinion on his groin injury. He could miss a few weeks, however. #cowboyswire

Austin should miss this Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins. He has been the team's punt returner this season and a useful tool on offense, playing mostly receiver but also lining up the backfield at times.

Despite his limited opportunities, Tavon is tied with Cole Beasley for the team lead with two receiving touchdowns in 2018.

How long Austin will remain out is unknown at this time. After the Washington game, Dallas will have their bye week and then host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

Both of these are games that the Cowboys, feeling good after a blowout victory over Jacksonville, should be able to win without Austin. But they would certainly like him back for the Week 10 road game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Tavon's absence, Cole Beasley will likely field punts. We may see more of Deonte Thompson in the speed routes that Austin ran on offense, though Dallas could also finally see what recently returned Brice Butler has to offer.

With an expiring contract this year, Tavon will likely want to get back soon and trying to improve his stock for the 2019 offseason. Hopefully, he can still have a positive impact on his value and the Cowboys season in the weeks ahead.



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Terrance Williams: Details, Impact of 3-Game Suspension

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3 Current Starters Cowboys' Fans Hate, But Shouldn't 1

Terrance Williams was already missing games on injured reserve, but now the Dallas Cowboys receivers is going to lose some money as well. Williams was finally hit with a three-game suspension by the NFL, starting immediately,  for his public intoxication arrest last May.

Dallas placed Terrance on IR in Week 5 just a day before their game against the Houston Texans. Williams had been struggling with a foot issue since the offseason, which included a surgery that he hadn't fully recovered from.

Many were surprised that Williams wasn't suspended to start the season, given that his arrest occurred several months prior. But when charges were eventually dropped after Terrance took part in some required alcohol education courses, it appeared the league might be letting the issue go.

However, as Cowboys fans know all too well, Roger Goodell's NFL operates its own judicial system.

In Williams' case, the suspension will only result in lost game checks. Players still get paid when on IR, but Terrance will lose that amount of his $3.5 million base salary.

Because he can serve the suspension while injured, Terrance will still be eligible to be recalled from injured reserve in December after sitting the mandatory weeks.

The real issue for Williams now is how this event, and his general fall from grace in the Cowboys offense, will affect him in the next offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Terrance is in just the second season of a four-year, $17 million contract he signed in 2017. If he's released after this year, Dallas would save $2.25 million of his scheduled $4.75 million cap hit in 2019.

Williams' cap hit isn't the issue by itself. That would be a bargain for a significant contributor in your offense, even if he was just the third receiver.

But Terrance appears to have fallen well below that spot on the depth chart. Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup are the top three receivers these days, and veteran Deonte Thompson has also been getting looks. Dallas also brought back Brice Butler a few weeks ago, though he hasn't really been worked in yet.

Not only that, but the Cowboys will have the option to recall Noah Brown from IR in just a few more weeks. He was one of their more intriguing young prospects prior to getting hurt.

Dallas could let Terrance come back next year to compete, hopefully with full health and less personal baggage. But after six seasons, they may be ready to move on to players with more room to grow.

For now, though, Terrance Williams is out of action and out some money. We'll see what the future holds.



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