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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says Jason Witten will be missed

Jason Witten soon-to-be-former Cowboy Jason Witten soon-to-be-former Cowboy
Eugene Bates | 29 April, 2018, 00:23

The Associated Press reported from ESPN early Friday afternoon that Dallas Cowboy standout tight end Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones says Witten hasn't made a final decision and wanted the weekend to think about his future.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that Witten's decision was "news to us" and that he doesn't know "anything of finality at this time" regarding the tight end's plans. Now the question is whether they will take a tight end with Jason Witten considering retirement after 15 seasons to go into broadcasting. He started 13 games as a junior in 2017 and recorded 22 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns, earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors. On April 27, they selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first-round pick.

Swaim, a seventh-round pick out of Texas in 2015, has the most experience with nine catches for 94 yards in 28 games over three seasons.

Witten was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft after a college career at Tennessee. If he does retire, he career stats have been more than impressive.

Witten has appeared in every game since sitting out Week 5 of his rookie season.

"Forget 110 catches [in 2012], forget [the] Pro Bowl, forget all that stuff". "What he's been doing for a long time in this league, and a great example for the rest of our football team and, really, for the rest of humanity and the whole NFL. He's really a tough guy, he's an unbelievable guy and we're lucky to have him".

Witten, who turns 36 in May, was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012. He and his wife, Michelle, have four young children.

In many ways the 11-time Pro Bowler is the face of the franchise and the leader in the locker room.

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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