Jason Witten announced Thursday that he will be returning to the NFL in the 2019-20 season, ending his short one-year long retirement.
Witten agreed to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys. WItten signed a deal that will pay out $3.5 million to the tight end over one year.
Witten has done it all in Dallas over his career, catching 1,152 passes for 12,448 receiving yards in his 15 year career so far. Witten had his best season in 2010, when he caught 94 passes for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns. In his last season of action, Witten was able to be a significant contributor on the offensive side of the ball, catching 63 passes for 560 yards. At 36 years old, Witten is likely to have a different, less demanding role in the Dallas offense. The Cowboys have lacked stability at the tight end position since Witten retired at the end of the 2017 season. Tight end’s Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin were underwhelming last season, catching just 53 passes between the pair. This lack of production limited the schemes that the Cowboys could represent last season, but the addition of Jason Witten should change things in Dallas. The Dallas organization are banking on the veteran leadership of Witten to help develop these young tight ends in the 2019-20 season.
One thing that Witten does promise the Cowboys is a durable player. In his 15 years in the NFL, Witten has played in all 16 games in 14 of those years, with the exception being his rookie year, where he missed one game. His consistency has him in the record books, with Witten owning a number of statistical feats for the Cowboys, including having the most games played (236), the most games started (229), the most games started in a row (179), and the most games played in a row (239).