The Dallas Cowboys have done us all a solid by successfully getting Jason Witten to end his retirement and return to the team for a 16th NFL season. It was a surprise announcement made official on Thursday, as Dallas has reportedly offered up $3.5 million for one more year of Witten, who will apparently take on a reduced role in the offense as a 37-year-old TE.
Witten retired at the end of the 2017 season to make millions of dollars as analyst for ESPN’s revamped Monday Night Football booth. Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden both departed, and in came Witten and Booger McFarland, alongside play-by-play man Joe Tessitore. This trio has had mixed-to-negative results, and actually called this year’s Super Bowl for ESPN’s audiences in Australia and New Zealand... I don’t know what those countries did to deserve such a punishment.
So for at least one year, we’ll see Witten on the gridiron once more, and we will miss such great moments like, “Pulls a rabbit out of his head!”
...Or his struggle to say “Ebukam.”
#DaBears defense comes up BIG again! #SEAvsCHI— NFL (@NFL) September 18, 2018
: ESPN pic.twitter.com/NACqRwsa7P
...Or thinking Patrick Mahomes and Eric Ebron played together in Kansas City all season, or indeed ever.
Patrick Mahomes throws a TD pass to Eric Ebron— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 27, 2019
Jason Witten: “Ebron was his guy all year”
Good to see Witten in Pro Bowl form pic.twitter.com/Zy4A0lYw9H
....Or these other things:
“This is why Gurley is so good” - Jason Witten after a 1-yard loss— Andy Holloway (@andyholloway) November 20, 2018
Jason Witten gets paid for this pic.twitter.com/6g3q0z41sV— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) October 16, 2018
Witten said this was Tampa-2 pic.twitter.com/akU1OxLxMH— Syed Schemes (@syedschemes) October 30, 2018
Hey, not everyone can be Tony Romo.
Maybe, just maybe, former Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck could replace Witten in the booth, especially since he was one of the options considered to replace Jon Gruden before they went with Witten.