Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) runs after a reception against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys - Witten's Last Rodeo?

Jason Witten has been one of the most productive, classy, team-first players that this organization has ever seen. In all likely hood, he will be a first ballot hall of famer. He has been a leader and Tony Romo‘s security blanket, but the time is nearing for the Cowboys to move on from the veteran Tight End. I have been saying this for the last two Seasons.

Jason Witten is still productive, just not in his usual way. Over the last couple of years he has been annoying to watch. He has always had an issue with dumb false-start penalties but lately he has been subjected to catching extremely short passes. Sure he had a lot of catches last year but his yards-per was garbage. He can’t get any yards after the catch, he makes the odd bone-head drop, and he is frankly, just not athletic enough to make a difference.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) makes a catch during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys need to move in another direction quickly, at least start cutting his snaps. This team would have a lot to gain by throwing Gavin Escobar and James Hanna some more balls. Judging by Jason Garrett‘s words earlier this off-season, that’s not going to happen. He likes Witten and I get his point, however, there are times when Witten holds this Offense back. I do believe that some if his issues last year could be attributed to the unit has a whole. The Bill Callahan project did not work and this Offense was painful to watch at times.

Can Jason Witten still be a valuable player for this Offense? Sure he can, but at this point in his career, with his cap-number, he is not worth it. Barring an overly lack-luster year from the veteran, I do believe that he will be back in 2015. If the Cowboys want build on this off-season, then there should definitely be a discussion next year about his future. Cutting Ware was not easy for Jerry and Co. Witten is now in that same boat, in fact he has been for a couple of years.

 

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