Jason Witten to Retire from NFL as a Dallas Cowboy

by Will Shepard

Jason Witten is retiring from the NFL as a Dallas Cowboy. This move likely won’t surprise anyone. But, once his contract with the Oakland Raiders expires, he will rejoin the Cowboys so that he can retire with them.

The 38-year-old Jason Witten is certainly destined for the NFL’s Hall of Fame. After 17 seasons, Witten is going to sign a one-day long contract with the Cowboys. He will make this move as soon as his contract expires in March.

Witten played 16 seasons with the Cowboys before retiring for the first time. His first retirement came after the 2017 season. After a year as an ESPN broadcaster, he came back to play for the Cowboys.

His career resume is outstanding. Jason Witten leads the NFL in games played by a tight end at 271. His accolades don’t stop there. He is second for receptions and yards by a tight end in NFL history. Only Tony Gonzalez has more reception and yards.

In an interview with ESPN, he shared his thoughts about retiring. He says that he has given all he has to the sport and can retire happy.

“A coach once told me, ‘The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.’ As I hang it up, I walk away knowing that for 17 seasons, I gave it my absolute all. I am proud of my accomplishments as a football player on the field and the example I tried to set off of it. Football is a great game that has taught me many valuable lessons, and I look forward to passing on that knowledge to the next generation.”

Jason Witten Is Bound for the Hall of Fame

His career speaks to just how good Jason Witten was for so long. He will finish his career fourth on the all-time receptions list. He is beaten by only Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tony Gonzalez.

In 2003, Witten was a third-round draft pick, but that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the best tight ends ever. In addition to his insane receptions and yards, he was selected to 11 Pro Bowls. That is tied for the most in Cowboys history.

Additionally, he has four 1,000 yard receiving seasons. He also set the record for most catches by a tight end in a season, although that has since been broken.

In 2012, he won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year winner. Jason Witten got the award for his work, along with his wife, on their foundation.

Not only are his career statistics excellent in the NFL, but his team stats are insane. Jason Witten is the Cowboys’ leader in receptions and yards. He is also second on the team for touchdown catches. He has the franchise record for most career starts, and total games played as well. In fact, while in Dallas, he only missed a single game because of a broken jaw.

Thanks to his ability to block, as well as being an outstanding pass catcher, he was considered the most complete tight end in the NFL. Undoubtedly, Jason Witten will be heading for the Hall of Fame sooner than later. He is eligible in 2026.

Perhaps his next football move will be as a coach. He has been thinking about the move for a long time.