Cowboys was hit with a surprise retiring by Jason Witten

Report: Jason Witten retiring from Cowboys to join ESPN's Monday Night Football

Tight end Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys is planning to retire after a 15-year playing career and join ESPN's team for Monday Night Football as an analyst, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday. The AP said he met Friday with owner Jerry Jones, who said no announcement was coming on Friday. Rarely one to have to work off a script, Jones did this to begin a press conference introducing the Cowboys' first-round pick, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. And that the longtime Cowboy has some professional decisions to make and needs a few more days to do so.

The news on the second day of the draft could affect the Cowboys' plans just a week after Witten suggested he might play until he was 40 and meant to return this coming season.

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BC-FBN-Draft-Cowboys-Third Day, 183Question turns to Witten after Cowboys address Bryant voidAP Photo CBS107Eds: APNewsNow. His former teammate, Romo, retired at the end of 2016 to become the lead football analyst on CBS.

The other is Fox's Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl victor at quarterback in the 1990s. The decision to retire is a reversal for Witten, who previously said he would return to the Cowboys for the 2018 season.

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A third-round pick out of Tennessee in 2003, Witten has 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards.

Witten is also the franchise leader in consecutive games, starts and consecutive starts. Witten had 19 games in his career with at least nine catches, including an 18-catch, 167-yard effort against the New York Giants on October 28, 2012. He spent his first four National Football League seasons with the Seahawks before signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Day 2 of the NFL Draft?

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In 83 career games, Maxwell has 245 tackles (203 solo), 11 interceptions, 59 passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles. The Cowboys have one pick in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. Gathers hasn't played a regular-season game in two seasons, missing all of past year after sustaining a concussion in training camp.

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