Jason Witten rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster

On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys announced that Jason Witten is coming out of retirement to play for them once more in 2019.

But for all his success on the field, Witten's transition to television as a color analyst for ESPN's flagship Monday Night Football franchise was widely derided as a disaster. Witten retired after the 2017 season, but apparently being in the booth and around the game each week brought back the itch to play, with Dallas happy to scratch that itch.

It's unclear who will replace Witten on "Monday Night Football". But the Cowboys returned to the playoffs after missing the season before he stepped away.

Currently, Witten ranks No. 21 in NFL history for most receiving yards in a career, per Pro Football Reference.

Kyler Murray a little taller, a little bigger than expected
I happen to think he's a lock to go first overall, probably to the Arizona Cardinals, but that remains to be seen at this point. While no quarterback under six feet tall has ever been drafted in the first round, Murray might be the first.

"I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt", he said. Dallas was already remarkably efficient on third down, ranking 10th in the league with a 41.4 percent conversion rate and having Witten back working the middle of the field will give new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore more options. This is also considered one of the deeper tight end draft classes in a while, and the Cowboys could have found a long-term replacement for Witten with one of their mid-round picks.

He added: "This was completely my decision and I am very comfortable with it".

The New York Giants and their fans breathed a sigh of relief previous year when long-time Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten chose to hang up his cleats and call it a career. The 37-year-old's four-year contract with ESPN, signed just one year ago, paid him an annual salary between $4 million and $4.5 million.

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