Since being selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Jason Witten has forged an illustrious career with the Dallas Cowboys as one of the league's all-time elite tight ends. Now at the age of 32, Witten's role may change, but his value will remain crucial.
In 12 professional seasons, Witten has caught 943 passes for 10,502 yards and 57 touchdowns. He has been a constant target for Cowboys' quarterbacks, being active for all but one game his entire career.
Witten is one of the best tight end's in NFL history, trailing only Tony Gonzalez for the most receptions and yards from that position in the league's history. In 2012, he set the record for most receptions in a game by a tight end with 18. He currently holds the Cowboys franchise record for career receptions.
The only thing missing from his Hall-of-Fame career is a Super Bowl ring, and time is not on his side.
Witten will turn 33 years-old as the 2015 season takes shape. His chemistry with Tony Romo and his durability cannot be questioned. Although he may see fewer opportunities in the passing game, he brings valuable qualities elsewhere that will be critical for a winning season.
Aside from his success in the passing game, Witten has developed into one of the game's best blocking tight ends. He brings strength and athleticism into the running game to set key blocks for the backs.
The tight-end position has developed into a position that features an athletic, lanky receiver who can be a threat in the red zone, but Jason Witten is one of the few all-around tight ends in the league. He can block, catch and run.
Both in the locker room and in the huddle, Jason Witten's role as a leader on the Dallas Cowboys is something the former Tennessee Volunteer demonstrates by example, on and off the field.
As father time quickly approaches Jason, his importance to this team is as prevalent as ever.
For years we have seen Witten torment opposing defenses, particularly on third downs. He has become the ole' reliable target for #9. With the emergence of Gavin Escobar as the number two tight end, there is less dependence on Witten to make a play in the passing game. Escobar hauled in four touchdown receptions last year, proving himself to be another threat over the middle of the field.
In spite of Gavin Escobar's development, Jason Witten's value cannot be overstated.
Dallas is poised for another winning season in 2015, and the role that Jason Witten will play as a player, and a leader, will be crucial to the Cowboys' Super Bowl dreams.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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