Jason Witten Unretires and Signs With the Cowboys

Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) makes a second quarter touchdown catch against New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

One of the greatest tight ends in the history of the National Football league is Jason Witten. He put up some amazing numbers in a career that will see him get enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the future. Witten retired at the end of the 2017 season and joined the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football on ESPN as a color analyst. However, his broadcasting career turned out to be a complete disaster. He was ridiculed by fans and other media members for making constant mistakes throughout the season. He did not pronounce the names of many players correctly. He also was too enthusiastic than color analysts should be on a number of occasions.

It was the hope of the execs at ESPN that Witten would improve and grow into his job as a broadcaster. However, that did not happen. His mistakes kept happening game after game. He was bashed mercilessly on Twitter. His poor broadcasting became a running joke. ESPN stuck with him and refused to fire him during the season. It was generally assumed by people in the sports media that Witten would not return for a second season of broadcasting Monday Night Football games. That will definitely be the case now that Witten has announced that he has officially come out of retirement. He signed a contract to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys.

Witten will be 37 years old when the 2019 NFL season begins. This is a very advanced age for a football player. In fact, most players have already retired by the time they are 37. Most fans are wondering how much Witten has left in the tank. He was still a productive player when he retired. However, that was two years ago. How will his body respond? It is not known what sort of workout regimen that Witten has been on since he retired. It might be a lot more difficult for him to get into playing shape after being away from the sport for such an extended period of time.

Witten’s sudden announcement that he would be playing for the Cowboys in 2019 took the sports world by surprise. Many of his former teammates were caught off guard. However, he has received well wishes from fans and media members alike. He said that his reason for coming back is because he still has the competitive fire burning inside of him.