Jason Witten retiring from National Football League, heading to ESPN

Jo Caldwell
May 6, 2018

While Witten's retirement was anticipated - as was his landing with ESPN - the longtime player reportedly changed his mind several times over the past week before eventually accepting the gig.

"You can't really put a number on what Jason Witten has done or meant", Romo said. "That's John Madden's chair".

"We want to congratulate Jason Witten on a Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Dallas Cowboys and we are thrilled to welcome him to ESPN and Monday Night Football", ESPN executive vice president Connor Schell said in a statement.

Witten and the Cowboy franchise held a news conference on his announcement Thursday afternoon in Frisco, TX. "Accept life, and you can not accept regret", he said. That is way better than a gold watch.

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After Cole Beasley muffed a punt in the final minutes of an October 25, 2015 loss in New York, Witten caught up to him walking off the field and put his arm around him as they exited the field to a chorus of hecklers.

The football was so blinged-out, it didn't even look real, which I'm guessing is why Jones let Witten's wife, Michele, know that the football was real and spectacular.

"He has prepared himself as well as anybody who has ever worn the star as much to take that next step", Jones said. "These are all real".

Yet reports broke over draft weekend that Witten was considering retirement. His 15 seasons are tied for the most in Dallas with defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, safety Bill Bates and late offensive lineman Mark Tuinei.

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Does Jason Witten, though? Play-by-play voice Sean McDonough left Monday Night Football after two seasons in March to return to calling college football games in the fall. You came in here with that same spirit, listening to [Bill] Parcells.

The Dallas Morning News reported that ESPN's offer is for $4 million to $4.5 million per year. We're with you as a team.

Go here for more on Witten's toughness. It's truly a different era of the Cowboys, one that's unlikely to see a player of the same ilk as Witten.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also had some high praise for the veteran. You've set the Example on & Off the Field.

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