Witten dropped a bit of a bombshell on the NFL yesterday when he announced he was ending his retirement after just one season and will return to the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 for his 16th NFL season
The Cowboys announced the decision on Twitter yesterday afternoon
"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," Witten said in a statement, per the Cowboys' official website. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt.
Witten, who turns 37 in May, is the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards and games played. By returning, he will set the franchise mark for years of service at 16.
The Cowboys replaced Witten last season with a committee of tight ends including Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz, and Rico Gathers.