- Odds are against retired Cowboys' TE Jason Witten re-joining the team for Week 1 of the 2019 regular season
- Could Witten leave the broadcast booth?
- Is there any value in betting Witten to come out of retirement?
With the Dallas Cowboys suddenly rejuvenated and now positioned as favorites to win the NFC East, reports from ESPN are that Head Coach Jason Garrett reached out to the now retired and current MNF broadcaster Jason Witten about coming out of the booth to join Dallas for a final playoff push.
Odds Jason Witten Is A Cowboy in Week 1 of 2019
Do The Cowboys Need Witten?
After WR Amari Cooper was added at the trade deadline, the Cowboys' offense has been vastly improved.
Dallas is riding a five-game winning streak which has suddenly catapulted them into the playoff discussion. A discussion they were so far out of prior to the trade for Cooper when they were 3-4.
Adding Cooper has completely opened up the Cowboys' offense and adding another reliable target in Witten can only help.
Jason Garrett recently tried to convince Jason Witten to come out of retirement and help Cowboys:https://t.co/y2gkPVUBCT
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2018
Over his 15-year career, all with Dallas, Witten amassed 12,448 receiving yards and 68 TDs. Last year he totaled 560 yards and five TDs.
Compare that to this year's Cowboys TEs who have combined for 498 yards and one TD between the four of them so far.
Geoff Swaim had been the most productive with 242 yards and that lone TD. But his high-mark was only 25 yards in his last four games before suffering a broken a wrist.
Just now on @GolicAndWingo: Jason Witten's response to report the #DallasCowboys reached out about a potential return to the field… #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/afCbNa9XJB
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) December 10, 2018
Dallas has been so devoid of reliable pass catchers that RB Ezekiel Elliott leads the team in targets and catches. After Cole Beasley with 50 and Cooper with 40, the team's next closest receiver only has 27 catches.
Witten joining the team for one last hurrah would have to be seen as a positive, especially should anything happen to Cooper from an injury standpoint.
Would Witten Leave The Booth?
Right now Witten seems to be committed to his new career path as a broadcaster. Now it's a career many may wish he'd give up on as he's received many negative reviews thus far, but he seems committed nonetheless.
This.. Monday Night Football Broadcast crew is the worst.
Jason Witten and Booger McFarland are totally unlistenable.
So bad I switched to ESPN DEPORTES, even though I don't understand Spanish. . #MNF #WASvsPHI 🏈
— Chuck Douglas (@ChuckDouglas_) December 4, 2018
Both Jason Garrett and Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones have also denied the team has reached out Witten. Jones commented that Witten has moved on in his career.
“That's just not correct, period,” Jones said. “He misses competing but he's got his head down and hands in the dirt, doing the job on Monday Night Football.”
Bet On More Witten…Somewhere, Just Not On The Field
Witten is 36 years old right now and would be 37 by the time next season starts.
If the lure of an almost certain playoff position and a run at the Super Bowl this season doesn't do it for him now, it's hard to see that changing next season.
Jason Witten turned down an offer from Jerry Jones to come out of retirement for the Cowboys recently, which would have been great news for MNF viewershttps://t.co/VfJndpiNZS
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) December 10, 2018
Keep in the mind the bet is not “to play at any time next season” but rather Week 1.
That means he'd likely have to partake in OTAs, training camp and endure the rigors of an entire season. Stranger things have happened but I'll have to side with the NO.
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