There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Jason Witten is a Hall of Famer. He has played a pivotal role for the Dallas Cowboys and helping them win games. He’s one of the league’s most reliable targets. Witten will be a free agent this offseason which leaves the Cowboys with the dilemma of resigning him or letting him walk. He also has options himself on what direction to take his future in the NFL.
Impact on Resigning Witten
Witten is the emotional leader on the offense and the team. We saw it during the Philadelphia Eagles game in week 16 when he was yelling at the team to play better. He shows his leadership on the field as well as making tough catches in the biggest moments. He’s experienced it all from the best of Cowboy teams to the worst of teams.
The financial part of Witten resigning could be intriguing for the Cowboys. He would be cheap to bring back as he would take a hometown discount for the team. Witten is aware that Dak Prescott is the number one priority with Amari Cooper not being that far behind him. Those two are the cornerstones of the franchise that they can build off of for the next 5-7 years. Witten would do whatever it takes to help the team succeed on and off the field.
Impact on Letting Witten Walk
The argument can be made that Witten is too old and the Cowboys should focus on getting younger. Since the 2015 season, Witten’s receptions and yards each season has decreased. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Witten has not been productive, but with older age comes a decrease in performance. The Cowboys have other needs on offense and the loss of Witten wouldn’t necessarily make a difference in performance.
Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin have been grooming to be the future tight ends of the team. Witten came in as a mentor for the two to help them develop their games. They have improved their numbers in the last few years and have developed a connection with Dak Prescott. The two are expected to be back to be their top two tight ends on the depth chart. If Witten comes back, that could change that.
Witten Retiring and Coaching?
There was speculation that if Witten would retire that former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett would bring him onto his staff with the Giants. Garrett joined the New York Giants to be their offensive coordinator under new coach Joe Judge. Coaching seems like a good path for Witten to take even if it’s not right now. He has natural leadership ability and seems to be always motivating. Helping coach a young Giants offense could be the launching pad for a successful coaching career.
Witten Returning to the Broadcast Booth
He already did it in the 2018 season with ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage. Witten’s performance though was made with mixed reviews mostly because the ESPN broadcast has been the subject of criticism. His potential is there, but never really had the time to develop his skills. Many thought he would adapt like former teammate Tony Romo has for CBS. There’s a chance he returns, but his previous experience might keep him out for good.
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