Jerry Jones: Witten to take 'a few more days' to mull retirement

Jason Witten soon-to-be-former Cowboy

Jason Witten soon-to-be-former Cowboy

Despite veteran tight end Jason Witten potentially being on the brink of retirement, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that the organization doesn't have to draft a tight end on Day 3 of the 2018 National Football League draft.

The network is citing sources who say the Cowboys are aware that Witten may be looking to hang up his cleats, but that Witten hasn't made his final decision.

But leave it to Dallas owner Jerry Jones to explain late Friday night why all three draft picks - Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams and Michael Gallup - have given Prescott a better chance to succeed.

There are few players who could provide the excellence Witten supplied for 15 years. He's the franchise's all-time leader in receptions with 1,152 - 53 percent more than second-place Michael Irvin - and receiving yards with 12,448.

The news could definitely affect the direction the Dallas Cowboys look to go in with the second day of the NFL Draft starting Friday evening. In an off-season that witnessed Trey Burton receive a four-year, $32 million deal from the Chicago Bears, it is safe to say that the National Football League has begun to move towards highly athletic tight ends who can double as slot receivers.

Witten was a constant at the captains' workouts at The Star, the Cowboys' facility, before the official start of the offseason program. Former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo became the lead analyst for CBS last National Football League season. With Witten's future in doubt, the Cowboys would be wise to address their pass-catching need in the draft. The 35-year-old (36 next month) hasn't missed a game since 2003 and has finished with 60 or more catches in 14 straight seasons. "I'll keep the details of those discussions private forever", Jones said. In 2012, he was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the community. There's Geoff Swaim, who caught two passes for 25 yards last season; undrafted second-year player Blake Jarwin; and basketball player turned tight end (and almost defensive end) Rico Gathers. The foundation was inspired by his family's experience growing up with domestic violence.

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