NFL News and Rumors: We’re smitten for some Witten (again)
Jason Witten is back. The Dallas Cowboys elite tight end is coming out of retirement.
We are also just 13 days away from the start of NFL Free Agency. The big ticket names on that list? Quarterback (Super Bowl MVP) Nick Foles and running back Le'Veon Bell for starters. Which teams are looking at these two to make an immediate impact?
Scroll through to find the latest NFL news and rumors ahead of the NFL Combine and free agency...
Jason Witten back in uniform
Jason Witten is turning in his headset for a helmet, leaving the booth, and headed back onto the football field. The 37-year-old will return to the Dallas Cowboys organization where he became a legendary tight end for “America’s Team”, with a signed a one-year, $3.5 million dollar contract with the Cowboys.
During his 15-year career in Dallas, he is the franchise leader in receptions (1,152), games played (239), consecutive games (236), games started (229), and was named to 11 Pro Bowls.
In a statement released by Witten, he explains, “The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong. This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt."
Witten joins three other tight ends on the roster who have two years total experience (Dalton Schultz, Blake Jarwin, and Rico Gathers)l
Witten was previously in the Monday Night Football booth for ESPN.
Read more on Jason Witten HERE.
Where will Nick Foles land?
Starter? Backup? Inner-division? Nick Foles, excuse me Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, heads into free agency as arguably the hottest QB commodity at the start of free agency on March 13.
Foles has proven himself as a quality quarterback, not just in preseason or regular season but in postseason and Super Bowl performances.
So where will he go? Replacing Eli Manning in New York may be a possibility as well as other inner division rival Washington, who got down to their third string QB last season with injuries Alex Smith and Colt McCoy. But then there are the teams who are looking at the draft (Jacksonville and Miami) who may just need a solution now as well as a rookie for the future…
Read more on Foles HERE.
Who will ring the Bell?
After a season of waiting, guessing where Le’Veon Bell will end up, there are finally some front-runners (rumors, of course).
There are three teams that Sporting News believes that are the best fits for Bell to land:
Miami Dolphins - good weather (I mean, c’mon it’s Miami), immediate impact, and the depth has been inconsistent in Miami (veteran Frank Gore is 36 years old) and Kenyan Drake.
New York Jets - Help Sam Darnold right away, either as a blocker or a threat in the open field on the ground and through the air.
Oakland Raiders - Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch suffered a season-ending groin injury last season and Doug Martin was only on a one-year deal. Would head coach Jon Gruden love to see Bell in black/silver? Youbetcha.
Read more from Sporting News HERE.