Cowboys' Witten planning to retire, join MNF broadcast

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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Witten, the team's standout veteran tight end, intends to retire from the NFL and become ESPN's new Monday Night Football analyst.

According to Mortensen's tweet, the decision is not final but is expected to happen after a meeting with the Cowboy's Owner. It drafted linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with its first-round pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night.

Witten is fourth all-time in National Football League history for pass receptions and is only the second tight end in history to have more than 12,000 receiving yards, according to ESPN.

Witten's retirement though, especially at this point in the off season leaves a big hole in the passing game that is going to cause all kinds of problems for the Dallas Cowboys. I kid mostly - Witten put together an incredible career since being drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Witten will finish his career fourth on the NFL's all-time reception list. Witten is also a two-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl representative.

And expect the ESPN gig to only burnish his resume: Witten's a very personable guy, extremely smart and affable.

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