DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten will be suiting up with a different uniform on Sundays this season. Witten and the Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.
Vincent Bonsignore was the first to report Tuesday:READ MORE: 21 Dogs Removed From 'Overwhelmed Owner' Of One Bedroom Apartment In Arlington
@Raiders have come to terms with TE Jason Witten
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) March 17, 2020
ESPN’s Todd Archer is reporting that the one-year deal could be worth up to $4.75 million in 2020:
Jason Witten intends to sign a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, ending his time with the Dallas Cowboys after 16 seasons. According to a source, Witten can make up to $4.75 million in 2020. https://t.co/l3dW52GEaw
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 17, 2020READ MORE: U.S. Customs & Border Protection Helicopter Pilots Airlift Seriously Injured Migrant From Remote Area To Hospital
Witten spoke in February saying that he hoped he could continue playing for the Cowboys, but realized that a return might not happen. “I want to play, I think I want to explore that. I think it’s the right role. I feel like I still have something to give,” Witten said while hosting the Jason Witten Man of the Year Award at The Star in Frisco.
Adding, “Of course, I want that to be with the Dallas Cowboys, and I always will be a Dallas Cowboy, but I also understand that might mean with all the changes, I might have to go somewhere else.”
Witten returned to the Cowboys last season following a short retirement he spent in the broadcast booth on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’. The 37-year-old had 63 receptions for 529 yards and 4 touchdowns last season.
Jerry Jones had also expressed interest in Witten returning to the team for a 17th season at the combine. Saying he believed that Witten could contribute to the team. Adding, he will need to be comfortable in a reduced role in Mike McCarthy’s offense.
Sounds like Witten may not have been comfortable with that role. The Cowboys have invested at the tight end position this offseason, re-signing tight end Blake Jarwin to a three-year deal yesterday.MORE NEWS: Tropical System To Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding To Gulf Coast
In total, Jason Witten spent 16 seasons in Dallas with 11 pro bowl appearances and 2 all-pros. He is the Cowboys all-time leading receiver with 12,977 yards.