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Cowboys TE Jason Witten on RT Doug Free retiring: 'Doug was special; It's hard to replace guys like that'

Cowboys TE Jason Witten on RT Doug Free retiring: 'Doug was special; It's hard to replace guys like that'

ARLINGTON - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said Wednesday that it won't be easy to replace starting right tackle Doug Free.Free, 33, was entering the final year of his contract in 2017, but the veteran informed Cowboys executives this offseason that he plans to retire from the NFL.Witten knows Free well, having spent the last 10 seasons not only playing with the right tackle but also often lining up beside him.Witten said much of the attention over the last five years has been on the Cowboys' Pro Bowl offensive linemen - left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard...
How Cowboys draft pick Jaylon Smith has impressed veteran Jason Witten

How Cowboys draft pick Jaylon Smith has impressed veteran Jason Witten

While injuries prevented Jaylon Smith from playing a single down for the Cowboys during his rookie season, he's still managed to impress veteran tight end Jason Witten.Witten, often lauded for his approach to football and the hard work that goes with it, praised the former Notre Dame linebacker and 2016 second-round draft pick for his attitude and work ethic while attempting to come back from a knee injury."I've enjoyed getting to spend time with Jaylon this offseason in the workout groups," Witten said Wednesday. "He's just a remarkable kid. To have the challenges that he was presented when...
Jason Witten on why he decided to sign contract extension; Thoughts on Bill Parcells saying he should retire

Jason Witten on why he decided to sign contract extension; Thoughts on Bill Parcells saying he should retire

ARLINGTON - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he's isn't ready to slow down like his former teammate Tony Romo.In fact, Witten was in North Arlington on Wednesday helping to build a playground for a charter school after he had practiced.Witten, who will turn 35 in two weeks, was entering the final year of his contract in 2017 before signing a four-year extension a month ago that will carry him through the 2021 season.Witten said he spent time in the offseason contemplating his future and decided he wasn't ready to call it a career after 2017. Witten said he'd still reevaluate his...
Cowboys TE Jason Witten opens up on Tony Romo's move to TV, what his contract extension means

Cowboys TE Jason Witten opens up on Tony Romo's move to TV, what his contract extension means

If you think that the Cowboys signing tight end to Jason Witten to a contract extension through 2021 means he's absolutely going to be around for the next five seasons, pump the brakes.During a Wednesday appearance, Witten told reporters that he is still taking things year by year.Witten and more than 200 volunteers helped build a new playground at Texas Leadership Charter Academy in Arlington, an event spawned by Kaboom and Target.Witten also shared his thoughts on former teammate Tony Romo's retirement and move to CBS. So did the move surprise Witten?Earlier this month, Witten shared some...
Will Cowboys still aim to find Jason Witten's successor? 10 TEs Dallas could target in the NFL draft

Will Cowboys still aim to find Jason Witten's successor? 10 TEs Dallas could target in the NFL draft

Now that Jason Witten appears to be in the mix for the next few years, tight end isn't as pressing of a need as I once thought. I felt 2017 would be Witten's last, which would likely mean needing to find another tight end in this draft class.The Cowboys could still afford to add another young player to the mix. Witten turns 35 in May, Geoff Swaim is working his way back from recent foot surgery, Gavin Escobar is now in Kansas City and Rico Gathers might not be ready to contribute much yet on Sundays (though one longtime tight ends coach says Gathers is ready to "bring havoc to the NFL.")If...
Why Jake Butt would love it if the Cowboys drafted him

Why Jake Butt would love it if the Cowboys drafted him

Sure, Jason Witten is signed with the Cowboys through 2021, but does everyone really see the 34-year-old playing five more seasons?If the Cowboys happen to be looking for a Witten clone at tight end in this month's NFL draft, Michigan's Jake Butt might be the closest thing.The Michigan tight end has already drawn comparisons to how Witten looked coming out of Tennessee.But you won't hear Butt, who's projected to be picked in the second or third round, comparing himself to Witten."Let me set the record straight, I'm not comparing myself to Jason Witten," Butt told ESPN. "But who would I like...
Blogging The Boys Apr 15, 2017
Cowboys News: Why Cowboys Will

Cowboys News: Why Cowboys Will "Strike" In Free Agency After The Draft

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys get three first-rounders from 2015 draft; what Cowboys' ideal draft class looks like; is Eli Manning a little scoundrel? Will Cowboys strike in free agency after the draft? - Todd Archer, ESPNIn is weekly mailbag, Archer answers a reader question about whether the Cowboys are still looking at free agency or concentrating solely on the draft. Their focus is on the draft. They don’t have any cap room at the moment to do anything, although that is somewhat misleading because the Cowboys can restructure Jason Witten's contract and turn in Doug Free’s...
Cowboys' ideal draft class? Here's what it has to include

Cowboys' ideal draft class? Here's what it has to include

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat at 9 a.m. Friday. Here are some highlights.How would your ideal Cowboys draft go, in terms of picks by position? Jon Machota: With their first three picks they'd get at least one DE and one CB. When the draft is over, the ideal situation would be to have added at least two pass rushing prospects and two defensive backs. What's your prediction for how many more years Jason Witten plays after signing that 4-year extension? Jon Machota: I'll go with two more. I...
Sean Lee: Tony Romo will be remembered as one of the greats; 'He was an unbelievable player'

Sean Lee: Tony Romo will be remembered as one of the greats; 'He was an unbelievable player'

Sean Lee was one of several Cowboys players in attendance for Tony Romo's night as a Dallas Maverick.Jason Witten, Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, La'el Collins, Terrance Williams, Byron Jones and Lucky Whitehead were some of the other Cowboys inside the American Airlines Center Tuesday night for the Mavs' home finale. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan were also on hand."He's getting what he deserves," Lee said of how the Mavericks honored Romo for his decade as the Cowboys' franchise quarterback. "The guy left everything out...
Inside The Star Apr 10, 2017

2017 Dallas Cowboys Preseason Schedule Released

Life as a sports fan is a weird one these days. The Masters is over, the NBA Playoffs are looming, and NFL Draft talk is all the rage. We’re almost two weeks away from the league’s annual draft selection, and it will mark another milestone across the stretch of the year where football isn’t played. There are a […] "2017 Dallas Cowboys Preseason Schedule Released" appeared first on Inside The Star.        Related StoriesHow The Raiders Moving To Las Vegas Will Affect The CowboysJason Witten, Tony Romo Take Their Bromance PublicRanking the Top 10 Quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys...
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Five games to circle on the 2017 NFL preseason schedule

Five games to circle on the 2017 NFL preseason schedule

The NFL preseason starts on Aug. 3 with the Cowboys and Cardinals. Here are five other games you shouldn’t miss.
What's being said about Tony Romo: Just 99 percent finished? A big heart, 'uniquely qualified' for TV

What's being said about Tony Romo: Just 99 percent finished? A big heart, 'uniquely qualified' for TV

Tony Romo surprised us all with his sudden retirement announcement Tuesday. Here's a sampling of the latest reaction and opinion from teammates, media members and more about No. 9's decision to hang 'em up:Cowboys TE Jason Witten: I will remember that ultra-driven athlete who worked his tail off to learn how to perfect the proper throwing motion. The player who would stand at the chalk board tirelessly thinking through and dissecting how to block-up a brutal Jim Johnson blitz. A guy who would take command at the line of scrimmage with the authority of a 5-star general all while having the...
Inside The Star Apr 9, 2017

Jason Witten, Tony Romo Take Their Bromance Public

Yesterday, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten shared his thoughts and feelings about the retirement of Tony Romo and their long history together. Then his quarterback responded, and all of Cowboys Nation was given a special look at the brotherly bond that existed between these two all-time great Cowboys. Posted on his personal Twitter account, Witten penned […] "Jason Witten, Tony Romo Take Their Bromance Public" appeared first on Inside The Star.         
FOX Sports Apr 8, 2017
Jason Witten writes an epic goodbye letter to Tony Romo

Jason Witten writes an epic goodbye letter to Tony Romo

The two were Dallas Cowboys teammates for 13 seasons.
Jason Witten pays heartfelt tribute to Tony Romo: 'I am forever grateful to have you as my QB'

Jason Witten pays heartfelt tribute to Tony Romo: 'I am forever grateful to have you as my QB'

Since Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, tributes have rushed in for the long-time Dallas sports icon. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant called Romo "unbelievable", former Cowboy Marcus Spears praised Romo the teammate and young Cowboys like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel expressed their appreciation for Romo's career.But the one Cowboy who remained noticeably quiet was Romo's closest friend on the team, tight end Jason Witten. Witten finally broke his silence with a statement on Instagram celebrating Romo's career.Witten first recalled how the two started...

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