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Jason Witten | Retired TE

Date of Birth:  05/06/1982
Age:  40
Height  6'6"
Weight:   263
College:  Tennessee
Drafted:  2003 | Round 3 | Pick 69
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Jason Witten | Retired TE


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Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL.

Witten is calling it a career after 17 seasons, which of course included a previous retirement when he joined the Monday Night Football booth. Turning 39 in the spring, Witten spent his first 16 years in Dallas while setting numerous franchise records, and then finished out his career with the Raiders. For his career, Witten caught 1,228 passes for 13,046 yards and 74 touchdowns—with the receptions and yards ranking second all-time among tight ends behind Tony Gonzalez. The long-time Cowboy great will almost certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection, and he should have a very successful post-playing career. Coaching could be an option for Witten.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

The Cowboys are signing Jason Witten, according to Vincent Bonsignore.

Over the past three seasons, Witten has gone from the field to the broadcast booth and back to the field again, but this is perhaps the biggest surprise yet—though it was clear he wanted to continue playing in 2020 after Dallas moved on. The Raiders are obviously set at tight end with Darren Waller an established star in his prime and youngster Foster Moreau showing flashes as a rookie, but the acquisition of Witten is probably about Mike Mayock wanting to continue establishing a culture more than anything else. The lifetime Cowboy and future Hall of Fame tight end being in a new uniform will be one of a few odd sights we will see in the fall.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten is resuming his playing career for the Cowboys.

Well this is a major stunner that came absolutely out of nowhere, and Witten will be playing his 16th NFL season in Dallas after spending one season in the broadcast booth with ESPN on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys were trying to get their future Hall of Fame tight end to return during the 2018 season, but Witten decided against coming back, as he likely wasn't in game shape to contribute and likely didn't want to leave ESPN hanging after they took a chance on him and gave him a big job. Witten's presence is obviously a major boost for the Cowboys from a leadership perspective, and he should still be a steady target for Dak Prescott. Witten will be 37 at the start of the season, but he relies on craftiness and experience more than he does athletic ability.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL after 15 seasons, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

He took some time making what must have been a very difficult decision, but after one of the greatest careers in Dallas Cowboys history, the extremely reliable tight end is joining the Monday Night Football booth for ESPN. Witten was a third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2003 and played with them for his entire career. During his 15 seasons in the NFL, Witten was a franchise stalwart, missing just one game his entire career after a broken jaw during his rookie season. Witten played in 239 games for Dallas, catching 1,152 passes for 12,488 yards and 68 touchdowns. Some of Witten’s NFL records include most receptions in a season by a tight end (110 in 2012); most receptions in a game by a tight end (18); his receptions and yardage numbers are second for tight ends in NFL history (behind only Tony Gonzalez) and are Cowboys franchise records; and his 239 consecutive games is an NFL record for tight ends. And currently, Witten sits at fourth place on the all-time receptions list in NFL history. Perhaps most importantly, Witten won the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work off the field and in the community. Witten is almost a lock to make the Hall of Fame, and he’ll certainly always remain a Cowboys legend. Football fans will now hear him every Monday night calling Monday Night Football games.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten says he will play in 2018.

There wasn't much doubt, but now it's official. And the Cowboys love Witten and will without question be happy to have him back. Witten's style of play should allow him to continue playing for a few more seasons, and he'll look to help get the Cowboys back in the playoffs next season.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches two passes against the Eagles.

The veteran tight end gained 17 yards on his two receptions (three targets). Witten's season ends with 63 receptions for 560 yards (both lows since his rookie season) and five touchdowns. He clearly wants to continue playing, so you can expect Witten to be in the low-end TE1-to-TE2 conversation for 2018 fantasy drafts.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten caught five passes for 39 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

The veteran tight end was held in check like the rest of the passing attack, and it led to a 21-12 defeat. Dallas will look to avoid 8-8 next week against Philadelphia's backups, but Witten won't have much upside in the fantasy championship.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten gets five targets in Cowboys’ victory.

Witten caught four passes for 47 yards on the Week 15 win against Oakland. The veteran tight end could’ve had a touchdown on a shallow crossing route in the end zone, but Dak Prescott just didn’t pull the trigger and make the throw. Witten has a low floor against the Seahawks next week.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten scores in Cowboys' win.

Witten had only one reception against the Giants, but he made it count, as it was a 20-yard touchdown. It was on a route that he used his body and some leverage to get position on a defender and deliver a good target for Dak Prescott to throw a perfect strike into—something Witten has done a ton over the years. Considering Witten has only one reception in four of his last six games, he carries risk in fantasy lineups.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches touchdown against the Redskins.

Witten had one reception (on five targets) tonight, but he made it count with an eight-yard touchdown on an in-breaking route in the end zone where he used his big frame to make it difficult for the defensive back to get around him to the ball. Witten scored in the first matchup of the season against his next opponent, the Giants.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches all seven targets in Week 12.

The veteran tight end gained 44 yards on his seven receptions, so it was only a solid fantasy performance in PPR leagues. Witten will be a low-floor option against the Redskins next week.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten held to one reception in loss to the Eagles.

It went for seven yards. Witten would get a boost from Tyron Smith's return, but he isn't a recommended fantasy option against the Chargers on Thanksgiving.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten leads team in receiving thanks to garbage time in 27-7 loss.

Witten caught seven passes for 59 yards, with all but 13 yards coming on short passes with Atlanta playing a shell coverage up 20 points. It was the type of production that proves PPR scoring makes no sense. Witten won't be a recommended fantasy option next Sunday night against the Eagles.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten held to one catch in Week 9 win.

It went for five yards. The veteran is on pace for a 70/638/6 line at the season's midway point. There are probably better fantasy options in standard leagues.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten caught three passes for 31 yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

Witten was in a good spot against the Redskins, but rain caused Dallas to keep the ball on the ground. The veteran tight end has a difficult matchup against the Chiefs next Sunday, so it might be best to look elsewhere for Week 9.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten scores in Week 7 win.

Witten caught four passes for 54 yards, with the highlight being a dime into the end zone from Dak Prescott on an 18-yard touchdown. Witten has had four really good games sandwiching two quiet ones, but he should be in line for another good one against Washington next week, as the Redskins don't defend tight ends well. Consider the veteran a low-end TE1 option.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten caught eight passes for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Witten led the team in catches and yards, but he also lost a fumble in a 35-31 defeat. The veteran tight end heads into the Week 6 bye with 27 catches through five games. He'll be a TE1 option in PPR leagues in Week 7 against San Francisco, but there are higher upside options in standard leagues.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches only one pass for nine yards against the Rams.

After his scorching start to the season in which he caught seven and ten passes in Weeks 1 and 2, Witten has cooled off considerably—catching only one pass in each of the last two games. He obviously was not going to keep up his pace, but this is a little surprising. Witten is now on pace for 76 receptions, 672 yards, and eight touchdowns this season. He should get to more of a middle-ground in terms of production moving forward.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Cardinals limit Jason Witten in Week 3.

Witten was targeted four times by Dak Prescott, but he only caught one of them for three yards. After his scorching start to the season, it was likely Witten would come back with a game like this eventually—and the Cardinals are solid against tight ends. Witten should put up better numbers against the Rams on Sunday.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten breaks Cowboys all-time record for games played.

Witten played in his 225th career game for the franchise, and it was a good one statistically for Witten. In the loss to Denver, he had ten receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Dak and Witten seem to be in sync, as they've connected 17 times for 156 yards and two touchdowns through two games. Witten should be in lineups against the Cardinals next week, as people might as well ride this wave as long as the vet is performing like this.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten sets all-time Cowboys receiving yardage mark in Week 1 win over the Giants.

Witten passed Michael Irvin for the most yardage in franchise history for the Cowboys, quite the accomplishment for the future Hall of Fame tight end. In the game, Witten caught seven-of-nine targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. The TD came on a skinny post type of route and Dak Prescott put it right on the money.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten puts up numbers in preseason game against the Raiders.

Witten had six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown from Dak Prescott in the Cowboys' third preseason game. It was a good game for Witten, but it also looks like the Raiders are going to struggle big time against the pass this season. Witten's ADP is currently at TE15.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten caught two passes for 24 yards in Saturday night's preseason win.

Witten will get more playing time in next week's game against the Raiders. He is a low-upside fantasy option for 2017.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten signed a contract extension with the Cowboys through 2021, according to Todd Archer.

Witten will certainly be a Cowboy for life, and he's going to continue setting franchise records for the team. He'll be a low-upside fantasy option at the end of 2017 fantasy drafts.

Jason Witten catches touchdown in Divisional Round loss.

Witten had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown versus the Packers. Witten should be back with the Cowboys next season, but he will be a low-upside fantasy option and might not be worth drafting.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten had one catch for ten yards against the Eagles.

He didn't get much time in a game that couldn't do anything for the Cowboys' playoff position. Witten finishes the regular season with 69 catches for 673 yards and three touchdowns.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches touchdown on a trick-play in win over Lions.

Witten had two catches for 33 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown on a reverse pass from Dez Bryant. The veteran tight end will probably see little-to-no action in Week 17 against the Eagles, but you probably weren't using him as your tight end anyway.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten caught five-of-ten targets for 51 yards in Week 15.

He was targeted early and often by Dak Prescott. Witten isn't a great fantasy option at this point, despite the ten targets against Tampa.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten starts new catch streak.

After being held without a catch last week, Witten had four catches for 26 yards against the Giants. Witten is well off the fantasy radar at this point.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Witten held without a catch in Cowboys' win.

It was the first game without a reception for Witten in 130 games. We didn't even have Witten ranked this week after Eric Ebron was held without a catch against Minnesota on Thanksgiving. Perhaps that is something you can hold your hat to (that Ebron was also held catches versus the Vikings) if you are insistent on playing Witten. We wouldn't be.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches three passes for 33 yards in Week 12 against Washington.

Witten hasn't been a great fantasy option lately. He is a good bet for a few points each week, but you can probably do better in your tight end spot. He doesn't need to be owned in fantasy leagues.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Witten secured five receptions for 37 yards, but failed to score in Sunday’s home victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

It was a quieter day from Witten, who had seen his production increase over the last two weeks. He fell victim to Dak Prescott’s generosity, as he was one of eight players to catch a pass during Dallas’ victory Sunday afternoon. Although he is a consistent threat to get targets in both the middle of the field and in the redzone, he remains hard to trust as a fantasy tight end due to fluctuating production and a loaded, run-heavy, offense. Unless you are tight end-desperate, look elsewhere next week.

Jason Witten | Retired TE

Jason Witten catches six passes in Week 10 against Pittsburgh.

Witten had six catches for 59 yards. He's been a consistent option this season, scoring at least four points in every game except for one. Witten is a borderline TE1, but keep him out of your lineup this week in a bad matchup against the Ravens.