Jason Witten Reportedly 'Blindsided' Cowboys by Retiring During 2018 NFL Draft

Cowboys Legend Jason Witten Retiring To Join ‘Monday Night Football’ Broadcast Booth

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, at the introductory press conference for first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch, briefly addressed speculation and rumors that longtime Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will retire and join ESPN as an analyst for "Monday Night Football". He leads the Cowboys' all-time charts in catches (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448).

Before James Hanna retired last week due to a lingering knee injury, the Cowboys' current roster bolstered a whopping five tight ends.

If Witten leaves Dallas, it's the second straight year that a Cowboys star is retiring to go into broadcasting.

Witten and Romo spent 14 seasons together, but never got the Cowboys to the NFC championship game.

The loss of Jason Witten to retirement and ESPN means that the Dallas Cowboys are going to take some long looks at the tight end position in rounds two and three of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

He also has 21 games in his career with more than 100 receiving yards, one of only seven tight ends to achieve that feat. Witten turns 36 early next month.

-The New England Patriots acquired tackle Trent Brown from the San Francisco 49ers, both teams announced. The Cowboys are still armed with nine remaining draft picks to choose.

The 49ers dealt Brown and the 143rd overall pick to New England on Friday for the 95th overall pick. Not only did Witten not get a year-long farewell tour, but his news comes during the middle of the National Football League draft, when his team appears unprepared on and off the field to accept the news.

It was the first sign of Witten's legendary toughness.

In 83 career games, Maxwell has 245 tackles (203 solo), 11 interceptions, 59 passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles.

This entire offseason has been about making the offense more "Dak friendly" and somehow that has translated into releasing Dez Bryant and seeing Jason Witten retire.

Witten quickly became one of Bill Parcells' favorites, earning the Hall of Fame coach's favor by missing just one game as a rookie, despite a broken jaw.

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