The Dallas Cowboys wanted Jason Witten to give up his fledgling broadcasting career and return to Jerry World. Witten, the most maligned of the much maligned new Monday Night Football crew at ESPN said no according to his co-worker Adam Schefter.
Dallas has struggled at the tight end position because of poor performance and injury, and Garrett was convinced that Witten could step right back in and become another asset on an offense that has come alive in recent weeks since the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Witten, however, ultimately is committed to the Monday Night Football booth and to his new craft as a broadcast analyst, according to sources.
The Cowboys have been on an absolute roll since acquiring Cooper from the Raiders in October. They have taken control of the NFC East and adding another all-pro pass catcher to the mix might be enough to put the rest of the division firmly in their rearview mirror.
Certainly there are plenty of fans and media critics that were hoping Witten would accept the offer as well, but turning down the chance to return to the playing field shows a commitment to honing his voice and improving in his current role. That has to make ESPN happy.