Jason Witten Reportedly’Blindsided’ Cowboys by Retiring During 2018 NFL Draft

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is planning on retiring and becoming an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

And the news reportedly came as a shock to the Cowboys:

Cowboys were not prepared for Jason Witten to retire. The irony is he blindsided them late in process like they did Dez Bryant. What will make you laugh will make you cry. He did what was best for him in terms of timing. It ain’t personal its business.

For Witten, he should start getting his Hall of Fame speech ready. As one of the best tight ends of his era, the 35-year-old is a look for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio.

The NFL has confirmed that number. The league says that the total attendance inside the stadium and outside the facility was at 100,000. That’s impressive, but when the stadium holds 100,000 (and even more with seating on the floor), why not use more of the space for fan access? The NFL says that it [w]anted to ensure a better viewing experience for fans.

It’s a fair point, but the stadium has a pair of gigantic TV screens hanging over the field. Those would have enhanced the viewing experience. Also, when the price for entry is zero dollars and zero cents, who cares if people need binoculars? Musical acts routinely pack NFL stadiums, even though from the worst seats in the house it’s impossible to distinguish Ed Sheeran from Eddie Munster. Maybe the real reason was that the NFL didn’t want to hear what more than 100,000 people simultaneously booing the Commissioner sounds like. Or maybe the NFL didn’t want to set a bar that no other Cheap Basketball Jerseys stadium would ever be able to match or exceed. Regardless, the 80,000 people on the outside of the stadium surely would have walked through the door to witness the proceedings, if Cheap Discount Jerseys they’d been able to do so.