Jason Witten says goodbye to retirement, returns to Dallas Cowboys

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ARLINGTON, Texas - A legend is returning to the Dallas Cowboys.

Tight end Jason Witten has decided to end his year-long retirement and return to the Dallas Cowboys for what will be his 16th season, according to the Dallas Cowboys website.

The future Hall of Famer, who joined the broadcast booth of "Monday Night Football" after retiring in May 2018, will rejoin a Cowboys team that finished 10-6 and defeated Seattle in the NFC Wild Card Game before losing to the Los Angeles Rams.

“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. “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 retired with 1,152 career receptions, which ranks fourth in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. His 12,448 receiving yards rank 21st in league record books, but second among tight ends behind only Gonzalez (15,127).