Jason Witten Retires
As has been rumored for the past week, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has retired. He will immediately join the Monday Night Football crew.
I'm just going to copy-and-paste Witten's achievements from Kevin Patra's story on NFL.com:
Witten ends his career as one of the best tight ends in NFL history, totaling 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. Witten walks away ranked fourth all-time in receptions, behind only Jerry Rice (1,549), Tony Gonzalez (1,325) and Larry Fitzgerald (1,234).
An 11-time Pro Bowler, Witten holds several NFL records, including most receptions in a single season by a tight end (110 in 2012) and most catches in a game by a tight end (18 in 2012). The sure-handed Witten also owns a cornucopia of team records, including most career receptions, most career receiving yards and most consecutive seasons with a reception, among others. Witten's 68 career receiving touchdowns ranks third in Cowboys history and fifth all-time among tight ends in NFL history.
Witten was a third-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 2003. Starting in 2004, he ranked among the top five tight ends in DYAR ten times in the next 11 years before falling to 24th, 29th, and 20th the last three seasons. Since 1989, he has 2,072 receiving DYAR, fourth behind Tony Gonzalez (3,250), Antonio Gates (2,662), and Shannon Sharpe (2,090). (Rob Gronkowski is fifth with 2,023 and will likely pass Witten this season.) Of the 47 tight ends with at least 400 targets in that timeframe, Witten ranks ninth with an average DVOA (weighted by the number of targets each season) of 12.4%.