The NFL is still in shock from this latest development surrounding Jason Witten. After spending the past season in the broadcast booth for ESPN, the future Hall of Famer will return to the Dallas Cowboys.
Witten made the tough decision to enter retirement last season, but clearly his desire to play the game remains strong. His return to the gridiron will be his 16th season in the league.
Dallas is on the verge of competing for a Super Bowl, and perhaps the addition of Witten is the final piece missing for the offense. With Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott forming one of the best trios in the NFL, tight end is one of the weakest spots on the Cowboys' lineup.
Although the leading receiver in the history of the franchise spent almost an entire year away from football, his playing style should allow him to transition back into the offense smoothly.
Besides, the former Pro Bowler will make a decent salary next season for his services.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys will pay Witten roughly $5 million to come out of retirement.
In his statement, Witten expressed just how badly he wants to win a championship before finally leaving football behind.
His presence on the field might provide a much-needed boost, but his leadership is the most important asset. Witten could potentially mentor Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers, while also helping Prescott improve.
Out of all the groundbreaking stories from today, there is no question that Witten's return is the major headline.