For the first time in his 17-year career, Jason Witten will wear a different uniform other than the Cowboys. Witten signed a one-year deal with the Raiders, and he will be the No. 2 tight end behind Darren Waller. Witten is not worth drafting in any leagues. In 2019, Witten came out of retirement to return to the Cowboys, but he wasn't a great Fantasy tight end, averaging just 8.2 PPR points per game. He isn't expected to improve with the Raiders if Waller is healthy, and Witten shouldn't be drafted in any formats.
Witten will sign a one-year deal with the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Witten can earn up to $4.75 million this coming season. The 37-year-old caught 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs for Dallas in 2019 and will now join a Raiders' tight end corps still headed by Darren Waller (90 catches last season).
Witten isn't expected to re-sign with the Cowboys, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Blake Jarwin is getting a second-round restricted free agent tender. Witten wants to continue his football career in 2020, but he acknowledged in February that doing so may require leaving Dallas, the only NFL home he's ever known. He'll turn 38 in May, following a 2019 campaign in which he started all 16 games and caught 63 of 83 targets for 529 yards and four touchdowns.
Witten wants to play football in 2020 and is open to signing with a new team, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Witten came out of retirement in 2019 to play a 16th season for the Cowboys. He hopes to re-sign in Dallas this offseason but acknowledged that he may need to go elsewhere to continue his NFL career. The tight end will turn 38 in May, coming off a 2019 campaign with 63 catches for 529 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. Witten hasn't produced a gain of more than 36 yards since 2011, but he remains competent as a blocker and short-pass catcher.
Witten completed the 2019 season with 63 catches on 83 targets for 529 yards and four touchdowns. After a year spent in the broadcast booth, Witten returned to the Cowboys and posted nearly identical numbers to 2017 while providing Dak Prescott with a reliable option for short gains and moving the sticks. The 37-year-old tight end has little upside at this stage of his career, and it's not yet clear whether he even wants to return in 2020 after having again come up short in his quest for a Super Bowl ring. The Cowboys may also have second thoughts about another reunion -- at least with Witten in a starting role -- as Blake Jarwin looks capable of handling No. 1 duties.
Witten caught two of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Witten had at least four catches in each of the previous three contests, but he was only a minor factor in Dallas' Week 16 offense. The veteran tight end has 59 catches for 505 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/22||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|3||09/27||@New England Patriots||12||6.35|
|5||10/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|7||10/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|9||11/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|11||11/23||Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||4||5.13|
|15||12/18||Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|3 Year Avg||57||42||363||3||18||8.64||52|