Jason Witten reportedly plans on retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and pursuing an opportunity in the broadcast booth. It's not official, but it's expected to be announced sometime this week.
A new report has revealed what is making this opportunity so enticing for Witten. He's reportedly going to be paid more in the broadcast booth than he was being paid on the field.
ESPN, which wants Witten for its Monday Night Football analyst role vacated by Jon Gruden, is reportedly offering the Hall of Fame tight end twice as much as he was being paid by the Cowboys.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that ESPN is offering Witten a contract worth $4 million-plus a year.
From the report:
All signs point to the tight end ending his 15-year NFL career to become the lead analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast, multiple sources said. Club officials hold out hope that Witten will decide to stay but recognize this is a rare opportunity and a difficult decision.
The multi-year offer from ESPN would pay Witten in the neighborhood of $4 to $4.5 million a year, two sources with an understanding of the offer said. While the Pro Bowl tight end didn't have his sights set on a career change when the season ended four months ago, the status of the job and magnitude of the offer is something he can't ignore.
Good for Witten. He's had a tremendous career on the field and the opportunity to move into the broadcast booth with a lucrative contract is an awesome one.
ESPN reportedly isn't the only network after him, too.
It seems like this situation will be wrapped up at some point this week. Stay tuned.