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Dallas Cowboys: Early favorite emerges at tight end

When Dallas Cowboys veteran tight end Jason Witten decided to hang up his cleats and retire after 15 seasons in the NFL in order to pursue a broadcasting career this offseason, America’s Team didn’t seem quite prepared for his departure.

News first broke that the now 36-year old Witten was contemplating retirement following the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s unclear just how long the Cowboys actually knew it was a possibility, but I think it’s safe to say the team had to be taken a bit off-guard by the decision. Less than two weeks prior Witten declared he intended to play in 2018.