Jarwin is signing a three-year extension worth up to $24.5 million, including $9.25 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This comes just two weeks after the Cowboys placed a second-round restricted free-agent tender on Jarwin, who likely will replace Jason Witten as the team's top pass-catching threat at tight end. The 25-year-old did well with his limited opportunities the past two seasons, producing 8.7 yards per target and finding the end zone on six of his 58 catches. Multiple reports suggest Witten isn't expected to re-sign with the Cowboys.
Jarwin is getting a second-round restricted free agent tender, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Jason Witten, on the other hand, is expected to leave the Cowboys. Witten was a 16-game starter in 2019, when he tied for third on the team with 83 targets, but he produced just 8.4 yards per catch and 6.4 per target, while Jarwin averaged 11.8 YPC and 8.9 YPT (from a 31-365-3 receiving line). With wide receivers Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb also at the end of their respective contracts, the Cowboys are facing a lot of uncertainty with their pass catchers. Jarwin could enter 2020 as the third or fourth option in the passing game, though it's also possible he faces competition for the top job at tight end.
Jarwin wrapped up 2019 with 31 catches on 41 targets for 365 yards and three touchdowns. Jason Witten's return to Dallas kept Jarwin from building on the upside he showed in 2018, but the latter still posted career highs in catches and yards. Jarwin also kept his burgeoning reputation as a Giants killer intact -- five of his six career touchdowns have come against the Cowboys' NFC East rivals, including scores in Week 1 and Week 9 this season. If Witten elects to re-retire, Jarwin could be headed for a 2020 breakout. Even if Jarwin remains in the No. 2 role behind the future Hall of Famer, his role in the passing game figures to grow given his big-play ability.
Jarwin caught his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Jarwin played only 19 offensive snaps -- his second-lowest total of the season -- as the Cowboys struggled to score all game. The 25-year-old enters the final week of the regular season with 31 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
Jarwin caught two of three targets for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams. As has become common this season, Jason Witten saw more targets and catches than Jarwin, who gained more yards despite a lower volume, but the former was able to find the end zone Sunday. Jarwin's athleticism and big-play ability could make him a breakout star in 2020 if Witten retires again, but for now he'll have to be content with a secondary role in the Cowboys offense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/14||@Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|5||10/11||New York Giants||25||8.00|
|15||12/21||San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|17||01/03||@New York Giants||25||8.00|
|3 Year Avg||26||19||224||2||11||11.79||34|