Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring after 15 seasons

None of the principles - Witten, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, or ESPN - have any comment as of yet. There's no announcement for ESPN to reveal its new Monday Night Football broadcast team.

Kahron Spearman

Per multiple reports, team and league sources say Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is on the verge of retiring after 15 seasons to join ESPN as lead analyst for Monday Night Football.

The 35-year-old future Hall of Famer has a meeting scheduled with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for Friday and sources say Witten's retirement to broadcasting won't be definite until the sitdown and Jones' blessing.

Forget 110 catches, forget eight-time Pro Bowl, forget all that stuff, when you tell the Witten story, I start with that one, because I think he showed what he's all about. What he's been doing for a long time in this league, and a great example for the rest of our football team and, really, for the rest of humanity and the whole NFL. That's how you do it. He's really a tough guy, he's an amazing guy, and we're lucky to have him.

Jason Garrett
Head coach, Dallas Cowboys

Witten was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner in 2012 for his work in the community.

The 11-time Pro Bowler is fourth all-time in NFL history for pass receptions (1,152) and is only the second tight end in history to have more than 12,000 receiving yards, behind Tony Gonzalez, with 12,448 yards.

He's made no indication he ewas ready to retire, however, he'd been auditioning for broadcasting jobs with various networks.