Jason Witten has officially ended his retirement from football after taking less than a year off to atempt his shot at a broadcasting career.
Witten’s original announcement came on May 3, 2018, when he decided to join ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” as an analyst.
Thursday he announced he is returning for a 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys.
“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” the tight end said in a statement, via the Cowboys website. ”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,” the statement continued.
Its been reported that the Cowboys also enticed Witten with a financial incentive. Witten will receive roughly $5 million to come out of retirement, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
With the veteran tight end’s return, the Cowboys’ passing game just got a little better.
Witten, who turns 37 on May 6, entered the league in 2003 as a third-round pick with the Cowboys and went on to spend 15 seasons in Dallas, where he was a two-time All-Pro selection and an 11-time Pro Bowler.