Cowboys TE Jason Witten to retire after 15 seasons

Jason Witten reportedly offered $4-4.5 million by ESPN, more than twice his NFL max, and another network may be in play

Jason Witten reportedly offered $4-4.5 million by ESPN, more than twice his NFL max, and another network may be in play

Witten turns 36 early next month.

Industry sources also said that ESPN has a long-range eye on courting Arizona Cardinals and future Hall of Fame wideout Larry Fitzgerald to join its "MNF" team when Fitzgerald retires. On Wednesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no timeline on when Witten would make a decision. As it stands, Witten is the franchise leader in games played (239), receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448). He ranks fourth in National Football League history with 1,152 career receptions, trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549), fellow former tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Arizona Cardinals superstar Larry Fitzgerald (1,234).

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night that a second network has made a pitch to Witten, a last-minute proposal a Mortensen source deemed "interesting".

Jerry Jones was aware of the possibility Witten could be done playing before Friday's report.

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If Witten does indeed retire, the only three remaining tight ends on Dallas' active roster will be Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers and Geoff Swaim, who have a combined six years of National Football League experience.

The Cowboys drafted Witten in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and he spent 15 years with the team making an impact nearly immediately.

Witten's 68 career receiving touchdowns rank third in Dallas history and fifth among tight ends in National Football League history. Of those four, they have a combined two career receptions for a total of 15 yards. He is a 10-time Pro Bowler. He was the unquestioned leader of the team and a valued voice for Garrett.

Witten's charitable side likely won't go away with his departure from the playing field, but it's part of why Cowboys fans love him, so we'll tack it onto this list anyway.

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