As Jason Witten ponders his future – either of an immediate transition to the television booth or for one more season with the Dallas Cowboys – it appears two scenarios have emerged for the former Volunteers’ star.
First, per industry sources, Witten holds an offer to join an entirely overhauled “Monday Night Football” broadcast team on ESPN, a move first reported by Chris Mortensen.
Witten, per multiple people familiar with ESPN’s thinking and planned approach, could join both Joe Tessitore and current ESPN/SEC Network personality Booger McFarland, a former standout player at LSU, in the “MNF” booth for the upcoming season.
Industry sources also said that ESPN has a long-range eye on courting Arizona Cardinals and future Hall of Fame wideout Larry Fitzgerald to join its “MNF” team when Fitzgerald retires. It also was indicated that ESPN hopes to lure Drew Brees into the broadcast realm whenever Brees ends his playing career. Brees reportedly agreed to a two-year extension with New Orleans earlier this year.
Back to Witten who is also being heavily courted both by Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones, both of whom want him to play one more season with the franchise that drafted him in 2003.
Witten is the Cowboys’ all-time receptions and receiving yardage leader; he also is a former NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and heralded as an exemplary model for an athlete giving back to the community. He hosts numerous charitable endeavors in the Dallas area annually, as well as his youth football camp in his hometown of Elizabethton, TN.
Sources also indicated Witten could have interest in a front-office role for the Cowboys when his playing days officially conclude. They said Witten has studied the path of current San Francisco 49ers GM and former All-Pro safety John Lynch.
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