Jason Witten still considering multiple TV jobs, returning for 16th season with the Cowboys

It was reported last week that longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was calling it quits after 15 years in the league, and headed to the broadcast booth to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew.

Witten met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Friday, however no official word has been announced as to Witten’s status. While it’s been widely accepted since the news broke that the tight end will retire, the decision to hang up his cleats still isn’t quite official.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who first reported Witten’s retirement, reported on Sunday afternoon that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is “actively trying to persuade” the tight end to return for his 16th season.

Another TV network has apparently made a “last-minute ‘interesting’ proposal” in an effort to sway Witten, too, likely making the decision even more complicated.

The decision, per Mortensen, will likely come on Wednesday.

Over his 15 year career with in Dallas, the 11-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded 1,152 receptions and 12,448 receiving yards — both the most in Cowboys history — and 68 touchdowns. Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012, and is widely considered to be a future selection to the NFL Hall of Fame.

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