May 3, 2018 12:24 pm
Cole Beasley spoke very highly of Jason Witten, saying every player selected in the 2018 draft should strive to emulate the legendary Dallas Cowboy. USA TODAY Sports
Jason Witten became the latest Dallas Cowboys standout to leave the gridiron for the broadcast booth as the 15-year veteran tight end will serve as the lead analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, according to ESPN.
An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment when reached by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday morning.
The possibility of Witten’s retirement to pursue a broadcast career surfaced last week as he was first connected to the Monday Night Football job. The position has been vacant since the departure of Jon Gruden, who took over as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in January.
Witten’s unexpected retirement mirrors that of the quarterback who tossed him the ball in Dallas for more than a decade.
Tony Romo retired last offseason to become an in-game analyst on CBS’ top NFL crew alongside Jim Nantz. Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has been part of Fox Sports’ NFL broadcast team since 2001.
Witten, who turns 36 on Sunday, exits the Cowboys as the franchise’s all-time career leader in receiving yards (12,448), catches (1,152) and games played (239).
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