Jason Witten had spent all 16 of his seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, but now he’s moving on. The tight end has agreed to sign a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. Dallas has already made a three-year, $25.25 million commitment to Blake Jarwin this offseason, signaling that it was time for Witten to go.
Witten returned to the field in 2019 after spending one season as a broadcaster. The 11-time Pro Bowl player tallied 63 catches for 529 yards and two scores in year 16 and proved that he can still be serviceable in the passing game. He’ll join a tight end group that includes Darren Waller, who hauled in a career high 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three scores last season.
The Raiders have made it a point to acquire experienced backups, as they’re also bringing Marcus Mariota into the quarterback room. But a dynamic wideout is still needed to maximize the team’s offensive potential. Los Vegas is expected to look for one in the 2020 NFL Draft.