"I've decided that the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next generation of Dallas Cowboys".
"Before ESPN leaked to ESPN last week that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire and join the Monday Night Football booth, Kurt Warner had been viewed as the clubhouse favorite to get the gig".
Witten will replace Gruden, who left in January to return as coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Witten will be the third Dallas Cowboy to be on a current leading network National Football League broadcast team (Troy Aikman - Fox, Tony Romo - CBS). He deserves it, so he can make the best decision for Jason Witten. "And when you're young, I think it takes on a meaning that when your opportunity comes, grab it".
"That's something that's hard". "He also told me those things are going to require a few more days of consideration, at least through the weekend".
Witten's greatness isn't just about football.
"He's one of the best and most complete tight ends ever to play this game", Garrett said. And while you might think he's not the most explosive athlete like Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez, you have to put him in Canton because he was Mr. Really, I did not think that was going to be my last game in Philadelphia [on December 31]. "He really was that guy".
The surefire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer finishes his career as the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448).
Another network made what was termed an "interesting" offer that would allow him to keep playing and potentially walk away in 2019, according to a source.
Because not only was Witten now headed out of the picture, so too was fellow tight end James Hanna. He said he hoped he had not let down long-time Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by not winning a Super Bowl.
"We struggle with that", Jones said.
"We have so much support for him".
Evidently, he has made up his mind.