Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says Jason Witten will be missed

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported late Friday morning that future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons with the team.

Mortensen cited "two sources" who say Witten won't make his final decision until he receives Dallas owner Jerry Jones' blessing. Now his former Cowboys teammate Jason Witten is about to do the same thing: retire from the Dallas Cowboys for a job in broadcasting. He leads the Cowboys' all-time charts in catches (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448).

In many ways the 11-time Pro Bowler is the face of the franchise and the leader in the locker room.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Witten's active streak of consecutive games played (235) ranks second to punter Shane Lechler (254), and his streak of games started (179) is second only to quarterback Philip Rivers (192).

"There's been a lot of things [said] over the years, especially the last few months".

The news on the second day of the draft could affect Dallas' plans just a week after Witten suggested he might play until he was 40 and meant to return this coming season.

The Cowboys have made an attempts to draft Witten's successor a handful of times, with no promising figures emerging yet. He could also to take up some of Witten's old leadership responsibilities. But Dallas has enough talent on the roster to wait until Day Three of the draft if they wish to do so. The Cowboys do have nine remaining draft picks to spend within the next two days.

It was the first sign of Witten's legendary toughness. "We believe he's a natural fit in our defensive system, and his abilities will allow him to flourish". 2017 was actually the second-lowest yardage outing of his career as he gained 560 yards which is only less than his rookie year of 347. Reports are coming out that they were completely surprised by Witten's retirement and had no idea it was even coming.

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