Jason Witten has decided to end his retirement and return to the NFL, the Cowboys announced on Thursday.
Witten, who retired from the league last May, will rejoin the Cowboys for his 16th career season. The longtime Dallas tight end was a member of Monday Night Football’s broadcast booth in 2018 before experiencing a recent change of heart.
“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”
Witten will officially sign a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cowboys, who retained his rights when he was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Retired list. he previously played 15 years for the Cowboys from 2003-2017 and was named a Pro Bowler 11 times, the most in team history by any offensive player.