Following a year away from the game, Jason Witten made his return to the field with the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 season. Witten played in a significant role in the offense that saw him show that he still has gas left in the tank to be an effective factor on the field despite being in the latter stages of his career. Although Witten has expressed a desire to continue to extend his playing days, there is now chatter that he could leave the Cowboys in free agency in the months ahead.
Jason Witten’s NFL comeback
In May 2018, Witten decided to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons, which he elected to pick up a career in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage.
However, the time away from the field led to him resuming his career with the Cowboys. He put together a productive campaign as he recorded 63 catches for 529 receiving yards and four touchdowns. It marked the 15th in his career that he’s tallied north of 60 receptions and 500 receiving yards.
Witten also moved up to 19th all-time in receiving yards while moving his way to tie for 40th all-time with 72 receiving touchdowns, just one behind Dez Bryant for the franchise record. With the Cowboys falling short of reaching the playoffs, it has brought into question his future on the field.
There appears to be another wrinkle in his plans that could see him decide to play elsewhere.
Jason Witten could rejoin Jason Garrett
Meanwhile, Garrett quickly found a new gig as the offensive coordinator on New York Giants’ first-year head coach Joe Judge’s coaching staff. With the Cowboys electing not to give Witten a possible on-field coaching spot, Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the 37-year-old could join Garrett in New York.
There is no clarity on what type of role he could have with the Giants, but he has much familiarity with his former head coach’s offensive game plan. It may come down to Judge, giving it the green light to the scenario as Witten has plenty to offer both on and off the field.
That chatter doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s done in Dallas, but just a matter that he may have the option to stay alongside Garrett in New York. It spices things up a bit that could see Witten being on another sideline for the first time in his career.
Jason Witten’s NFL future is in his hands
Unlike any other time in his career, Witten is set to enter the free-agent market where he will dictate his next chapter in the league.
At the tail end of the 2019 season, he was mum on what his plans were after his 16th campaign, but playing another season appears to be on the table. It may be hard to envision Witten playing with another team, let alone a division rival, but the situation is quite intriguing for him to play or coach alongside Garrett.
The two have spent the nearly the last two decades together in Dallas and have established a strong relationship over that span. There is no indication where the Cowboys stand in the entire matter, but it’s something that could get clarity in the next couple of months once the free agency period begins in mid-March.
Regardless of what Witten decides to do, his legacy is already set with him being one of the all-time greats in Cowboys history and should be in line for the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.