The New York Post first reported last week that Witten had come in to ESPN for an audition. Today, that no longer seems to be the case.
Witten established Cowboys records for career receptions, career receiving yards and consecutive seasons with a reception, among others.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten speaks to the media during an event hosted by COLLECTION by Michael Strahan, exclusively sold at JCPenney, at the Star in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. But rest assured that I'm going to do everything in my power to help us be better as we move forward.
Witten finished the 2017 season second on the team in catches and third in receiving yards.
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The judge also says the US has to accept new applications, right now Georgia has more than 24,000 people who are DACA recipients. President Donald Trump's administration announced in September that it would end DACA on March 5.
The announcement of Witten's retirement comes later than the Cowboys would like, but luckily the NFL Draft hasn't concluded. The Cowboys do have nine remaining draft picks to spend within the next two days. The available tight ends in the draft include South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert, Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, and in tight end Ian Thomas.
Witten quickly became one of Bill Parcells' favorites, earning the Hall of Fame coach's favor by missing just one game as a rookie, despite a broken jaw.
Witten is set to step away from football roughly one year after he signed a 4-year, $29.6 million contract extension with the Cowboys that would have kept him on the team through 2021. At the top of the positional group is stalwart tight end and forever starter Jason Witten.
If he switches careers, Witten will follow in the footsteps of his former quarterback Tony Romo.