Dallas Cowboys great Jason Witten retires after 15 seasons

With Witten gone, the Cowboys, for the time being, have a serious hole at tight end with Rico Gathers and Geoff Swaim next up on the depth chart and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz also in the mix.

The 11-time Pro Bowler has been contemplating the decision to retire for the last week before finally making it official on Thursday.

Witten's departure comes a year after former teammate Tony Romo retired as the Cowboys' all-time passing leader to become an analyst for CBS. Witten is also second on the Cowboys in receptions, third in total receiving yards, and second in touchdown catches.

Because Witten has been one of the Cowboys' leaders, Romo thinks he'll do well. After starting his career with a revolving quarterback situation that included Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe, Witten found a groove as Tony Romo's security blanket. "I was never the most talented, never the flashiest, I relied on grit". "Over the last 15 years, he's played virtually every play". He has Hall of Fame credentials, and Jones has said he is one of the five best people he has known in almost 30 years in the National Football League, which makes him a virtual lock for the team's prestigious Ring of Honor.

Warner may be miffed that the tiebreaker wasn't skill or experience but the fact that Witten played for the Dallas Cowboys. He deserves it, so he can make the best decision for Jason Witten.

ESPN has been seeking an analyst to replace Jon Gruden, who left the booth to take the Oakland Raiders head coaching job.

For Witten, the opportunity to follow in those footsteps became an easier decision than chasing a Super Bowl for another season. Witten eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in four different seasons.

Gonzalez is eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction for the first time next year, which should be a good barometer for Witten's chances. "When you're in those moments, those other things didn't really exist, so I think that had a lot to do with it".

With Witten gone, the Dallas Cowboys are in a tough spot.

  • Julie Sanders