Veteran tight end Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons, ESPN's Todd Archer reported. Witten plans to sign a one-day contract with the Dallas Cowboys in March to retire as a member of the team he spent 16 seasons with.
Witten initially announced his retirement after the 2017 NFL season and joined ESPN's Monday Night Football booth as the color commentator for the 2018 campaign. However, with an ich to get back on the field, he joined the Cowboys in 2019 before playing for the Raiders this past season.
In 2020 Witten appeared in all 16 games, catching 13 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
During the first saga of his career in which he played 15 seasons for Dallas, Witten established himself as one of the best tight ends the game has ever seen. An 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro member, he was a reliable receiver for whoever was under center.
Besides his rookie campaign in 2003, Witten hauled in at least 60 receptions each season. That includes a career-best 110 catches in 2012.
A model for consistency, Witten played in all 16 games from 2004 to 2020. His 271 games played is an NFL record for tight ends.
He was also a high character off the field, receiving the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2012.
With this chapter coming to an end, Witten finishes with 1,228 receptions for 13,046 yards and 74 touchdowns. No matter what comes next, his legacy in the game of football will remain.