Veteran Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten is going to retire, per reports.
Fantasy Five on Jason Witten
1. Witten will join ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst.
2. Witten, 35, spent 15 years with the Cowboys. He appeared in 239 games, catching 1,152 receptions for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. Not only will the Cowboys miss his offensive skills (blocking and receiving), they’ll also be lose a great veteran leader in the locker room.
3. In addition to holding most receiving records for the Cowboys, Witten holds NFL records for most receptions in a season by a tight end (110 in 2012) and most receptions in a single game by a tight end (18 in 2012).
4. He’s the second big-name departure from the Cowboys this offseason, joining WR Dez Bryant, who was released in April. The two combined for 132 catches, 1,398 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017 – that’s a big void for QB Dak Prescott and company.
5. The Cowboys are now bare at the tight end position, having just Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers and Blake Jarwin on roster. They need to upgrade the position in the NFL Draft or on the free-agent market. The Cowboys are clearly in a full-rebuild mode, which might not bode well for their offensive success in 2018.