Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire, report says

It's unclear how the Cowboys will replace Witten, but they have three other tight ends on the roster.

Jason Witten is considering retirement to join ESPN as a color analyst for Monday Night Football.

The Cowboys, who find themselves in a unusual transitional period, already lost Dez Bryant this offseason, with the wide receiver being released. Barring a last minute change of heart, Witten will inform Jones he's calling it a career.

Dallas took linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first-round pick on Thursday night, which was a nice choice, but still leaves their offense a little bare on the skill-position side of things.

Originally drafted 69th overall by the Cowboys in the 2003 draft, he has 1,152 receptions on 1,620 targets for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns in 239 career regular-season games.

Selected in the third round of the 2003 National Football League draft out of Tennessee, Witten has been one of the NFL's most reliable tight ends over the course of his career.

Witten is an 11-time Pro Bowler and a likely future Hall of Famer. His spot in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor is also lock when the time comes.