Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten to Retire, Join ESPN's Monday Night Football

Report: Jason Witten retiring from Cowboys to join ESPN's Monday Night Football

Jason Witten Is Reportedly Retiring With an NFL Analyst Gig Already Lined Up

Now his former Cowboys teammate Jason Witten is about to do the same thing: retire from the Dallas Cowboys for a job in broadcasting.

ESPN has announced (essentially) that Witten now plans to retire from the NFL and become "a lead analyst" on Monday Night Football. The decision would not be final, though, until he meets with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Witten would be ESPN's second choice, according to the New York Post.

Witten is also the Cowboys franchise leader in receiving yards with 12,448, leaving him second only to Tony Gonzalez amongst tight ends. "I hope he's super critical", Prescott said. In addition, tight end is now a serious area of concern as well.

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Witten, who was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2007 and 2010, joined the Cowboys as a third-round draft pick out of Tennessee in the 2003. The remaining tight ends on the roster have combined for nine career receptions. However, they still could look to bolster their team on the tight end and wide receiver position in the next two days. With Witten's future in doubt, the Cowboys would be wise to address their pass-catching need in the draft. He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season, the only game he missed in his career. That's how you do it. Those are some players that we really have high opinions of. According to NFL.com, Gathers only has pre-season stats, and has not played during the regular season.

The Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions, who turns 36 next month, has seen a decrease in production in recent years. He and his wife, Michelle, have four young children.

The Jason Witten SCORE Foundation connects mentors with families suffering from domestic violence or abuse and established a domestic violence prevention program in 2010.

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