Sturm's Morning After - the Cowboys' shocking morning and strong night

Dean Simpson
April 29, 2018

The thought of having to only watch National Football League games with Dallas Cowboy broadcasters was entertaining with Troy Aikman at Fox, Tony Romo at CBS and now Jason Witten at ESPN, but I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the tight end position would look very bleak without Jason Witten and he didn't tell anyone until today? Witten reportedly won't end his career without Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' blessing. Jones said he'd met with Witten several times in recent days and that the veteran has some things to think about.

Witten, who turns 36 on May 6, will have played 15 years in the NFL. Witten would retire as the franchise leader in receiving yards (12,448), receptions (1,152) and most consecutive games played (235). Rarely one to have to work off a script, Jones did this to begin a press conference introducing the Cowboys' first-round pick, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

James Hanna announced his retirement earlier in April, and Geoff Swaim has not emerged as a solid pass-catcher.

Witten was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft after a college career at Tennessee.

Witten quickly became one of Bill Parcells' favorites, earning the Hall of Fame coach's favor by missing just one game as a rookie, despite a broken jaw. Teams are playing more man-to-man coverage against Dallas and daring Witten to beat them. He did not miss another game in his career, despite numerous sprained knees and ankles and other injuries.

The NFL says Thursday's first round of the draft had the second-largest viewership ever for an opening night. "We believe he's a natural fit in our defensive system, and his abilities will allow him to flourish".

Mortensen's report stated that Witten had all but made up his mind but was giving Jones one last meeting to try to sway him back onto the field for another season. He's made 11 Pro Bowls and was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2012. His foundation has provided assistance for families and women affected by domestic violence; Witten was raised in a family that was torn apart by domestic violence.

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