Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten, who came out of retirement for the 2019 season has signed a one-year $3.5 million contract with the Raiders. The deal which has a $31,250 per game bonus sees the 38-year-old fifteen-year veteran finally play for a team other than the Cowboys.
Originally selected by the Cowboys with the 69th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft, Witten has amassed 1,215 receptions, 12,977 yards, and 72 touchdowns over his career. He sits in second place on the all-time tight-end receiving charts 2,150 yards behind Tony Gonzalez.
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Jason Witten will join what is already arguably the NFL’s best tight-end unit with Darren Waller, and Foster Moreau having career years in 2019. Waller had 1,145 yards and 3 touchdowns on 90 catches, while Moreau had 5 touchdowns on 21 catches.
They will have an amazing opportunity to learn from the master in Jason Witten before he likely hangs up his cleats after the 2020 season. Witten himself had 529 yards on 63 catches for 4 touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2019. While he has lost a step on his heyday he still boxed out well and continued his career average of over 71% catch success (75.9% in 2019).
The move gives the Raiders the NFL’s fourth most expensive tight-end room with a total salary of $15.5 million. It gives Derek Carr, or Marcus Mariota, a valuable pair of hands particularly down in the red zone.