Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced Thursday he has officially retired from the NFL after 15 seasons.
The NFL shared comments from Witten’s press conference confirming his retirement:
ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reported Witten plans on joining the network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team as an analyst, starting with the 2018 season.
During Thursday’s press conference, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke about Witten’s impact on the franchise, calling the tight end an inspiration to him and everybody that’s ever said they were a Dallas Cowboy, per the team’s official Twitter account:
Add in the fact Ryan is seemingly just hitting his peak, and the contract doesn’t come with a ton of risk despite the high dollar amount. It’s a safe investment for the Falcons as they look to remain among the league’s elite teams in the years ahead.
Then there’s quarterback Lamar Jackson out of Louisville, the smooth pocket passer with rare elusive ability in the open field. He’s bound to sit behind Flacco and learn for a year or two, though it won’t stop the fans from chanting for him if the fading veteran starts to struggle.
There’s a similar theme for third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. The 6’8, 345-pound offensive tackle careened down draft boards after posting one of the worst combine performances of all time. But the son of a former Ravens tackle has interesting upside and could eventually win a starting gig at right tackle if he outplays the numbers while he develops.
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The team made 12 picks over seven rounds and is bound to stress patience. There are plenty of intriguing upside guys, like DeShon Elliott and Greg Senat, who need Cheap Cycling Jerseys to put their heads down and go to work with the goal of making the final roster.