MNF viewers rejoice as Jason Witten un-retires from NFL

Chris Lingebach
February 28, 2019 - 1:43 pm
MNF viewers rejoice as Jason Witten un-retires from NFL

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36-year-old Jason Witten is coming out of retirement to return to the NFL, the Cowboys announced Thursday.

Witten, who will be 37 in May, spent the 2018 season calling Monday Night Football games at ESPN. Many will rejoice his departure from the four-letter network, as Witten's transition into the booth went... badly.

"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," Witten said in a statement. "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."

Witten will reportedly earn a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2019 season.

After his initial retirement, Witten ranked fourth all-time in career receptions (1,152), trailing only Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Larry Fitzgerald (1,303). His 12,448 career receiving yards trails only Gonzalez among tight ends. Witten, a third-round pick by the Cowboys in 2003, played 15 seasons in Dallas.

It should be noted this resets Witten's five-year countdown to Hall of Fame candidacy.

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