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Jason Garrett reportedly tried to convince Jason Witten to come out of retirement

Jason Witten

Jason Witten has not even spent a full season as a broadcaster with his new ESPN gig, and his former coach has already tried to convince him to come out of retirement and return to playing in the NFL.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has made more than one attempt this season to get Witten to put the pads on again, including recently when he tried to sell the former tight end on the idea of a postseason run. While Witten was still a productive player last season and probably still could be, he has resisted the urge.

The Cowboys have turned things around recently with four straight wins and appear to be headed to the playoffs. Adding Amari Cooper has given their passing game a boost, but they still lack a playmaking tight end. Witten, who caught 63 passes and scored five touchdowns last season, could probably stabilize the Dallas offense even more.

Witten has had some rough moments in his first season with the “Monday Night Football” crew, but the 36-year-old must have been certain about his new career path when he retired from playing last year. It seems unlikely that he will change his mind at this point.


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