DALLAS (NBCDFW) – The Dallas Cowboys say retired tight end Jason Witten is coming out of retirement to play a 16th season for America’s Team.
The Cowboys issued a statement Thursday saying, “The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Jason Witten on a contract that will bring the tight end back to the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 NFL season. Witten was originally selected by Dallas in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee. He played 15 seasons for the club before retiring in 2018 to pursue a network broadcasting opportunity.”
The team’s statement included a comment from Witten who said: “The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong. This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
After abruptly retiring last year, Witten spent a year in the broadcast booth for ESPN on Monday Night Football.
Witten, long expected to be a future NFL Hall of Famer, retired with 1,152 career receptions, 12,448 receiving yards and 68 touchdowns.