Jason Witten’s name remains above the locker he occupied since the Dallas Cowboys moved into The Star in 2016. The stars representing his 11 Pro Bowls serve as a reminder of a career that should land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
His retirement is not yet two weeks old, and teammates half expect to see him at workouts because he had been such a presence at the offseason program for his 15 years.
Coach Jason Garrett isn’t sure how long Witten’s locker will remain,nfl jerseys cheap china but maybe there is a hidden message to it’s not being taken down.
“The guy who sat in that locker and the locker over at Valley Ranch made a big impact in this organization and this league for a long, long time,” Garrett said. “I believe his impact will be long-lasting around here. We talked about the standard he established as a player and as a person, and we’re going to try to uphold those standards that he set for 15 years in his Hall of Fame career. We wish him nothing but the best.”
The Cowboys have to carry on without Witten. Replacing him will be more difficult than replacing Dez Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown catches. The Cowboys added veteran free-agent Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to a group that had Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley coming back. They also took Michael Gallup in the third round.
At tight end, only Geoff Swaim has caught a pass in a regular-season game among the tight ends on the roster, and he has just nine receptions. Blake Jarwin was active for one game as a rookie in 2017. Rico Gathers has not been on the active roster in his two years. The Cowboys drafted Dalton Schultz in the fourth round.
Now ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” analyst, Witten was asked to assess what remains in his wake.
“Those guys will be OK,” Witten said. “Sitting in those meetings with them and going through this the last few years, they know what it takes to play that position, and I hope that I’ve shown them that.official nfl jerseys cheap
“But they can’t put the pressure on themselves. They just need to go play and feel confident in their system. Scott Linehan has had success with tight ends, so they’ll figure out their roles and what they want to do, and really more than anything, they’ve got to get comfortable in this Dak-friendly offense that they’re building in Dallas.”