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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  • Scott.

    I was going to write class act, great teammate and keep him to the end of his contract. Then I remember I fully endorsed cutting Ware and he was every bit of the same class act and team player. So I guess if it’s best for the team and his production are not on par with his contract then he needs to be cut too. That day will be extremely hard for all cowboys fans. Especially the ones who were following them from day one.

    • TheJaikster

      Yes sir, i agree!

    • JoeDaBeast

      But unlike Ware, Witten has not indicated he would be willing to restructure his contract in a Cowboy-favorable way. I’d give him a shot to improve on years past, especially based on the information Jake provided.

      #LandyHat sucks!!!!!

      • Scott.

        If my memory serves me right Ware did not want to restructure his deal or at least that’s what the majority of the stories that I read indicated. I could be completely wrong but I thought they asked him to take a pay cut. Whitten has restructured his deal many times in the past to benefit the organization.

  • Howard C

    Witten ain’t going anywhere and that is fine with me. He is the leader of this team and a good one at that. When another TE can take the job the from him then I’ll be okay with him being a backup :)

  • Greg Hill

    I googled Witten’s stats for his long career with Dallas. Missed only one game in over ten years. Yes, last year his yards were down a little but all other areas consistent production to include 8 TDs 2012, he had an outstanding year. To not miss any games, I wonder how many he played when others would not have. Leave the guy alone, he’s one of the few on the cowboys earning his money. There are bigger fish to fry on this team.