Witten has four 1,000-yard seasons to his credit, but his production had started going down in the last five years.
In a truly meta sentence, Mortensen writes, "ESPN declined comment and has had no announcement to reveal its new Monday Night Football broadcast team". Witten met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Friday to discuss his dilemma.
The news on the second day of the draft could affect Dallas' plans just a week after Witten suggested he might play until he was 40 and meant to return this coming season. His former teammate, Romo, retired at the end of 2016 to become the lead football analyst on CBS.
The 15-year NFL veteran, and future Hall-of-Famer, spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys after being selected in the third round out of Tennessee in the 2003 NFL Draft. Witten had 19 games in his career with at least nine catches, including an 18-catch, 167-yard effort against the New York Giants on October 28, 2012. However, the plot twist in this situation is Witten wants to be in the broadcasting booth with FoxSports this year.
The news was surprising to the world, but Witten has stated last season that he was thinking about retiring and spending more time with his family.
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It was the first sign of Witten's legendary toughness. He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season, the only game he missed in his career. In 2012, he suffered a lacerated spleen in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders but managed to get cleared medically hours before the regular-season opener against the Giants. The duo has linked for 1,398 yards and 11 touchdowns on 132 catches in 2017 together.
"Forget 110 catches [in 2012], forget [the] Pro Bowl, forget all that stuff". Witten turns 36 early next month.
The MMQB's Albert Breer reports that Witten had been taking part in the Cowboys' offseason program these past two weeks. The available tight ends in the draft include South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, and in tight end Ian Thomas.
He made 11 Pro Bowls, four All Pro teams, and owns a plethora of National Football League and franchise receiving records.