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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Dez Bryant singles out Jerry Jones, Jason Witten for skipping Texas protests

Dez Bryant
Many NFL owners, coaches, and front offices have taken part in protests against racism and injustice as something of a show of solidarity with players. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys is not one of them.

Jones was one of the more vocal opponents of players who knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice previously, and has been fairly quiet over the last week as protests have spread throughout the country following the death of George Floyd. Former Cowboy Dez Bryant took notice of that, and urged him, his son Stephen, and former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to take part in what looked like a bit of criticism.

It’s not really clear why Witten is included here, but he and Bryant were teammates for eight seasons, so there may be some behind-the-scenes stuff there.

Bryant has been pretty critical of the Cowboys lately, though this is entirely different to basic football criticism. The ex-receiver seems to want Jones to participate.

Jason Witten signs one-year deal with Raiders

Jason Witten

Jason Witten will continue his playing career next season, but it will not be with the Dallas Cowboys.

Witten has signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders that will allow him to earn up to $4.75 million, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports.

Witten, who is 37, said recently that he wants to keep playing and is open to doing so for another team. It became clear Dallas was moving on from him when they placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on tight end Blake Jarwin, whom they then signed to a three-year extension this week.

Despite his age and the fact that he took a year off to work as a broadcaster for ESPN in 2018, Witten still had 63 catches for 529 yards last season. He’ll have to compete with Darren Waller for targets, but Jon Gruden should be able to find a role for Witten in the Raiders’ offense.

Jason Witten unlikely to return to Cowboys after Blake Jarwin tender

Jason Witten

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to place a second-round restricted free agent tender on tight end Blake Jarwin, and that could mean the end of Jason Witten’s tenure with the team.

The Cowboys are planning to use the high-value tender on Jarwin, which will make his salary a projected $3.3 million next season and make it so any team that wanted to sign the free agent would have to give up a second-round pick. Patrik Walker of CBS Sports reports that the Cowboys are actually planning to sign Jarwin to a long-term deal, and their desire to make him their No. 1 tight end is the main reason they have not made an enticing offer to Witten.

As Evan Silva of Establish the Run notes, Jarwin showed flashes last season of being able to play a significant role in the passing game.

Jarwin caught just 31 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in 2019, which was lower production than Witten across the board. However, it seems clear that the Cowboys believe he could do more than Witten if given the same opportunities going forward.

Jerry Jones recently hinted that he wants Witten to return next season, but that could be more about the relationship the veteran has with the organization. All signs point to Jarwin taking over as the team’s top tight end.

Jerry Jones still thinks Jason Witten could help Cowboys

Jason Witten

Jason Witten returned to the Dallas Cowboys last season after briefly exploring a career in the broadcast booth, and the veteran tight end proved he can be more than just an important voice in the locker room. Although the Cowboys have undergone some big changes this offseason, Jerry Jones says he wants Witten back.

Jones said this week that he would not want to see Witten in anything but a Dallas uniform, and he believes the 37-year-old still has plenty to offer.

Witten’s future in Dallas is up in the air, as he will soon become a free agent and Mike McCarthy has taken over as the team’s head coach. That said, Witten is known for his leadership ability and caught 63 passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns. He’s still a valuable safety net for Dak Prescott and a big presence in the locker room.

Witten has said he intends to play in 2020 and wants to remain with the Cowboys, but he is open to playing elsewhere if they don’t want him back.

Jason Witten wants to keep playing, open to joining new team

Jason Witten

Jason Witten wants to keep playing and is open to joining a new team.

The 37-year-old tight end was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 and has played his entire 16-season career with them. He retired for the 2018 season and served as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football,” but that did not go well, and he returned to the gridiron last season.

The Cowboys are undergoing a big change with Jason Garrett gone and Mike McCarthy as the new head coach. Witten had a previous relationship with Garrett that may have made it easy for him to return, but his future with the Cowboys is much less certain now.

Witten spoke to some reporters on Tuesday at the Jason Witten College Man of the Year Award gathering and talked about his future.

“I think I have to be (open to joining another team),” Witten said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Obviously that’s not ideal. I would love to finish it out here. Coaching is in my future, but right now, I want to play while I can. We’ll see where that takes place. Of course, I want that to be with the Dallas Cowboys. I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy. But I also understand that, with all the changes, I may have to go somewhere else.”

Last month, a report said Witten would have interest in joining the Giants, where Garrett is now the offensive coordinator.

Even at 37, Witten still had 63 catches for 529 yards last season.

Jason Witten could have interest in joining Giants?

Jason Witten

Could we see Jason Witten play in the NFL for a team other than the Dallas Cowboys?

The veteran tight end has not ruled out playing in 2020, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. However, Witten’s role in new Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy’s offense may be nonexistent, meaning he might have to look elsewhere if he wants to keep playing.

Mortensen suggests that one possible landing spot for Witten could be New York. The Giants just named Jason Garrett offensive coordinator, and Mortensen left the door open to the possibility that Garrett might bring his longtime tight end with him.

Witten’s on-field contributions are more limited these days. He caught only 63 passes in 2019, and his 529 receiving yards were his lowest total since his rookie season. He still contributed four touchdowns.

Evan Engram would still get the lion’s share of work at the tight end position, but there may be some feeling that Witten could be a valuable mentor in Garrett’s offense. Of course, the 37-year-old will want to be more than a mentor, too.

Watch: Jason Witten was fuming on Cowboys’ sideline

Jason Witten

Nobody with the Dallas Cowboys could have been satisfied with the way Thursday night’s game went.

The Cowboys scored on their first possession, intercepted the Bears after that, but then it was all downhill. The team allowed 24 unanswered points while going 3-and-out four times.

Jason Witten was shown by FOX all fired up on the sideline while the team was struggling:

Witten had five catches for 37 yards and did not leave the “Monday Night Football” booth for this!

Once 5-3, Dallas has now gone 1-4 over its last five games. And yet they’re still favored to make the playoffs thanks to the terrible NFC East.