Cowboys' Witten retiring after 15 seasons to join MNF

The new receiving leader for tight ends, Swaim, is regarded as a blocking tight end and won't be expected to replace Witten.

The Dallas Cowboys tight end is considering retiring in order to become an analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday, citing team sources. He and Tony Gonzalez are the only tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. Jones said he'd have several conversations with Witten this week and indicated the franchise leader in games, catches and yards receiving hadn't made a decision. Witten would be just the latest in a long line of former Cowboys players to make the move to the booth, following Romo, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and former fullback Daryl Johnston.

But honestly, the Dallas Cowboys will never find a player like Jason Witten.

Witten, who turns 36 in May, was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012.

Tight end suddenly becomes a position Dallas simply must address on day three of the National Football League draft. He could also to take up some of Witten's old leadership responsibilities.

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49ers trade Brown to Pats • The San Francisco 49ers have traded right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots a day after drafting Mike McGlinchey as his replacement in the first round. Tartt is one of nine draft picks remaining on the team selected by former general manager Trent Baalke.

New England sent its third-round selection (No. 95 overall) to the 49ers in exchange for Brown and San Francisco's fifth-round selection (No. 143) in this year's draft.

It was the first sign of Witten's legendary toughness.

Dallas has picks in the middle of the second and third rounds, respectively, before charging up for seven picks in the final four on Saturday. He hasn't missed a game since his rookie season, the only game he missed in his career.

In 83 career games, Maxwell has 245 tackles (203 solo), 11 interceptions, 59 passes defensed and 11 forced fumbles. And Witten is the most accomplished of them all.

  • Carlos Nash