Dak Prescott honors Jason Witten with respectful IG message

Arnold Nichols
May 4, 2018

Obviously, while in Dallas, he had the pleasure of coaching Jason Witten, who officially announced his retirement on Thursday. Witten and Romo arrived in 2003 and once Romo became the starting quarterback three years later, visions of future titles were dancing in the head of owner Jerry Jones. Instead he leaves tied with Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei.

"I've lived a dream here the last 15 years with this organization, great ownership, great coaches and great opportunity", Witten said during one of his emotional moments after a Week 16 loss to Seattle last December that eliminated the Cowboys. Pictured: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the field during warmups before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 1, 2017.

While Witten is the only Dallas player with 1,000 catches (1,152), his career was defined more by durability and toughness than flashy stats.

"Whenever young kids come up to me and ask me, 'How do you grow up and play for the Dallas Cowboys, and have that type of career?'" Witten said. Given his age, 36 years old, it was unlikely he was going to play out the remainder of his contract, which ran through 2021.

"He's one of the best and most complete tight ends ever to play this game", Garrett said.

After all of this, the Cowboys should let Dez Bryant go

It should be taken into consideration that the player who got the biggest vote of confidence is second year CB Marquez White.

Witten probably won't be playing catch with that. He trails Dez Bryant, who was released last month with 73 TDs, and Hall of Famer Bob Hayes (71).

He is likely to be elected to the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible and holds National Football League records for most catches in a season by a tight end (110) and most catches in a game by a tight end (18). The Dallas pass catcher holds numerous franchise receiving records including most career receptions, most career receiving yards and most consecutive seasons with a reception, among others.

With Witten walking away, the Cowboys have Schultz, Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers on the depth chart at tight end.

The Cowboys were eager to have him back, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no pressure on the tight end.

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