Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a lot to ponder.
During the just-concluded NFL draft, multiple media outlets reported that Witten was set to retire from football to become an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.
On Sunday, however, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Witten also has an “interesting” offer on the table from another television network.
Meanwhile, a Cowboys source told Mortensen that Dallas coach Jason Garrett is attempting to persuade Witten to play another year. The source indicated that Witten’s decision could come by Wednesday.
The Dallas Morning News reported that ESPN’s offer is for $4 million to $4.5 million per year. According to sportrac.com, Witten is due to make $4,735,000 with the Cowboys in 2018. In March, he restructured his deal with the team, which runs 2021.
Witten, 35, had 63 catches for 560 yards and five touchdowns last season. He has topped 1,000 receiving yards four times in his 15-year career, and his total of 1,152 receptions ranks fourth in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.
An 11-time Pro Bowl performer, Witten holds a secure place in Cowboys history thanks to franchise records in games (239), catches (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448).
ESPN is looking for a Monday night replacement after Jon Gruden left the booth to become the Oakland Raiders’ head coach.
–Field Level Media
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