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Jason Witten, FOX Sports, and the Future at Tight End for the Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Jason Witten, FOX Sports, and the Future at Tight End for the Dallas Cowboys
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If there's one thing we've learned throughout Jason Witten's career, it's that it's tough to keep him off the field. Even still, FOX Sports is giving it a shot. Reportedly, according to Sporting News, the Dallas Cowboys' veteran is being eyed by FOX to take over the "Thursday Night Football" analyst role.

Many former Cowboys have gotten into the show business side of the NFL. Just last year, Tony Romo hung up the cleats to pursue a career in broadcasting and he absolutely killed it during his "rookie season" for CBS.

But Jason Witten isn't going through the same situation in which Romo found himself in 2017. Tony had dealt with a lot of serious injuries throughout his career and had just been benched by Dak Prescott. Witten, despite being 35-years old, is the team's starting tight end.

After the 2017 NFL season ended, Witten told the media he's playing in 2018.

With free agency beginning this week, the future Hall of Famer has been in the minds of a lot of fans. If the Cowboys were to release him, they'd save $6.95M without a single dollar in dead money. With Witten's production declining little by little and the team lacking cap space, one inevitably has to wonder.

At the end of the day, if we're talking about Dez Bryant's cap hit and lack of production, why are not talking about Jason Witten?

Cowboys en Español: Jason Witten Está Para Quedarse, ¿Es Probable el Retiro de Tony Romo?

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, TE Jason Witten

Trust me, I know and I understand why. Heck, Jason Witten is my favorite player of all time and I'm sure he has a very special place in all of Cowboys fans' hearts. It would be very, very painful to see him call it a career without a much-deserved ring.

It's tough to part ways with a player like Jason Witten, who has meant so much for an NFL franchise that has struggled a lot for such a long time. Since the moment he got to Dallas, Witten has been the Dallas Cowboy.

However you feel about his performance the last couple of years, he probably won't go anywhere unless he decides to retire. I might be wrong, ultimately the NFL is a business and that's something we shouldn't forget. Witten has been important for this offense and for Dak Prescott's development, but it's time for the Cowboys to get younger and better at tight end.

Even still, without Witten, there's really no one who can come in and fill his shoes. Although Rico Gathers would make for an amazing story, it's fair to assume he won't be nothing special. The tight end free agents this year mostly offer older veterans who wouldn't make sense for the Cowboys if what they're looking for is getting younger.

Trey Burton from the Philadelphia Eagles could be an interesting target for this team if they can get him at a fair price.

Other than that, if they want to acquire the team's future tight end, they'll have to do it through the Draft, which they'll probably do. Having Witten on the roster allows the team to look for a TE in the third round or later, but without Witten, it'd become an even bigger need.

The solution, rather than getting rid of Jason Witten altogether, may be in establishing a game plan which reduces the veteran's workload while giving a younger tight end an important role, especially as a receiving threat. Similar to what the Chargers have done with Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.

For now, Jason Witten will get ready to get back on the field next season, the Cowboys will make some hard decisions and FOX Sports will try to land yet another America's Team legend. It looks like Witten will stick to football for at least one more year, though. Hopefully, this time, it's worth it. Hopefully, this year he wins the Big One.

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2 Comments
  • Hector Espindola

    First and foremost, I do agree that what we can say about the Senator is not enough to praise his career, including that he deserved that ring since long time ago. Having said so -and as much as I love my team and my #82 jersey- I don´t see that happening in 2018, due the complicated and huge retooling, upgrading, “win now mode” or however you wanna call the countless issues (OL, DL, LB, WR, SS, cap space, Dak Friendly Offense, Dez and etc.). Sure the Senator thinks totally positive and that is why he is more than ready for 2018, but despite that we all know that $6.95M are more than necessary, simply that money is not enough. So, in order to contribute to your point and in my humble opinion, with Witten’s departure we would only aggraviate the risk of losing any other player. Just let me rephrase your sentence (I apologize for doing so, but helps to make my case): “At the end of the day, if we’re talking about Jason Witten’s cap hit and decreased production, why are not talkin about _____?” So yes, Witten is a sunk cost who at least will be given the honour to retire when he calls it a career, due the painful hope that father time waits him to get a ring. It hurts.

  • Ervinlang318

    What would New England or Pittsburgh Do? Those Front Offices would make the Decision for Witten. Witten was a recipient of Romo’s Stat Padding. Ware was let go and he obviously had more in the tank yet Witten can leave when he Fills Like it. Only my Cowboys

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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