Tight end Jason Witten has been the Dallas Cowboys' all-time receptions leader since 2012, when he topped Michael Irvin. Yesterday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he passed another former Cowboy on the league's career list.
With 10 catches last night, Witten passed Terrell Owens for the 7th spot. As you will see from the following list, Witten may not be done working his way up the list.
- Jerry Rice - 1,549
- Tony Gonzalez - 1,325
- Larry Fitzgerald - 1,116
- Marvin Harrison - 1,102
- Cris Carter - 1,101
- Tim Brown - 1,094
- Jason Witten - 1,086
- Terrell Owens - 1,078
Witten will pass Tim Brown with just nine more catches, a very likely number with two games to go. He needs 16 to pass Cris Carter and 17 to pass Marvin Harrison. Those might be tougher to hit, but Witten has had 17 catches in his last two games.
The #4 spot may be the best Witten can hope for. Unlike these other receivers, Larry Fitzgerald is still playing and is producing big numbers. He has 98 catches in 2016, leading the league, and there is no word of retirement at this time. He has one year left on his contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
There are few active players not far off from Witten. Anquan Boldin has 1,067 catches and is still contributing for the Detroit Lions. Baltimore's Steve Smith is at 1,021 catches and has not indicated if this is his last season.
Jason Witten's own retirement is not out of the question. There is some speculation about his future, especially with Tony Romo's era seemingly over in Dallas. Witten has commented about the energy and fun that comes from playing with the Cowboys' new young stars. His desire to return could depend on what the team does in the postseason.
No matter where he finally lands on the all-time receptions list, Witten's legacy is impossible to deny. Every receiver ahead of him on the list is in the Hall of Fame. The other tight end, Tony Gonzalez, is likely to be a first-ballot inductee.
Between his statistics and his incredible reputation as a player, the only question about Jason Witten's Hall of Fame status should be when he gets in.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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