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Report: Jason Witten agrees to four-year extension with Cowboys

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In February, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he wasn’t sure how much longer he wanted to continue playing and that he thought the best approach was to “just go into it and look at it one year at a time.”

Witten’s view appears to have changed pretty dramatically over the last few weeks. Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports that Witten has agreed to a four-year extension with the Cowboys that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season.

The desire for the Cowboys to have Witten on hand beyond 2017 comes as little surprise given how much he’s meant to the team’s offense. The length of the deal for a player who turns 35 in May does more to raise the eyebrows, although the details of the pact will be enlightening as to its impact on the team’s overall salary cap picture.

In the short term, it will likely lower Witten’s 2017 cap hit from the current $12.262 million, giving them a bit more to spend elsewhere as they build for the coming season.

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32 Responses to “Report: Jason Witten agrees to four-year extension with Cowboys”
  1. jonwill57 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:32 AM

    Another Romo type contract. Cap hit for years to come.

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 28, 2017 11:32 AM

    Great TE, however overrated team going 9-7 at best in 2017.

  3. joshr99164 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:32 AM

    Witten is definitely on the back end of his career, but with so many veterans leaving Dallas, I’m glad he’s sticking around to mentor some of the young talent.

  4. hanspard says: Mar 28, 2017 11:34 AM

    How many years can Dallas kick the can down the road with their salary cap structure and it not come back to bite them?

  5. cobrala2 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:38 AM

    4 more years on Team Dak

  6. ejm845 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:48 AM

    How stupid why would u do that for a 35yr old that’s ready for the booth hahaha

  7. eazeback says: Mar 28, 2017 11:50 AM

    r u flipn serious?! what a waste…smh

    they never cease to amaze me w/ these dumb decisions….

  8. chrisdmv says: Mar 28, 2017 11:58 AM

    I wish reporters will have full details of reports before they published their article. Basically Jason agree to take a paycut with a team friendly term to help the team create more cap space while with Jerry being respectful because of his legacy with the Cowboys. It doesn’t mean he is going to play for 4 years. The deal is front loaded with mostly bonuses and incentives. His salary and cap figures will be more than 50% or even 60% less of that 12M which possibly created close to 7m cap space. The last 2 years are not guaranteed. This basically will allow Jason to retire a Cowboys. I wish Dware would have taken that same option.

  9. QB Film Room says: Mar 28, 2017 12:06 PM

    He will be let go this time next year

  10. eatme2259 says: Mar 28, 2017 12:07 PM

    Not a cowboy fan, in fact just the opposite. But I think Whitten is the best TE in football. In this day and age of FA it’s great to see a talent stay with a team for his career.

  11. eazeback says: Mar 28, 2017 12:08 PM

    heres a novel idea….lets never, NEVER get out of cap hades

  12. nsawins says: Mar 28, 2017 12:18 PM

    This guy is a fossil. Who signs 35 yr old tight ends to 4 year deals????????? Jerruhhhh, that’s who.

  13. Sal Tynuts says: Mar 28, 2017 12:19 PM

    Redskins fan here – Cant stand Witten, that being said he’s obviously been a great TE and a great Cowboy. Cant see him playing out this contract and Im sure neither can he or the Cowboys. He’ll play another year or two and bow out gracefully I bet.

  14. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Mar 28, 2017 12:19 PM

    a year to year contract seemed to have made better sense….

  15. b1gwin says: Mar 28, 2017 12:26 PM

    Calm down idiot haters!!!!…..theres no guaranteed money in this extension. The deal gives the team a $4 million cap increase this year. Its basically a teay for year pay for play deal.

  16. celticsforever says: Mar 28, 2017 12:30 PM

    So in 2026 – the Cowboys are going to be paying Dez, Tony & Whitt like 90 million dollars in dead cap money? LMAO !!!!!

  17. winningisabrees says: Mar 28, 2017 12:41 PM

    and the can is kicked further down the road, getting hard to find, actually.

  18. xballhawkx says: Mar 28, 2017 1:02 PM

    It is amazing how little you people understand about how contracts and the salary cap work. This contract is nice for the Cowboys and ensures that Witten retires as a Cowboy. He most likely won’t make it though the entire contract and once he retires the “can” stops there. If there is any guaranteed money left on the contract it will be voided at retirement. It is only guaranteed if Witten remains for the life of the contract or Dallas decides to terminate. If Witten terminates (via retirement) then remaining salary and guaranteed money is void.

  19. jason9696 says: Mar 28, 2017 1:21 PM

    eatme2259 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 12:07 PM
    Not a cowboy fan, in fact just the opposite. But I think Whitten is the best TE in football. In this day and age of FA it’s great to see a talent stay with a team for his career.

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    Gronk is by far the best TE in football and it’s not even close. Unfortunately he is injured too much.

  20. sportoficionado says: Mar 28, 2017 1:22 PM

    This is great for the team and Witten.

  21. jason9696 says: Mar 28, 2017 1:23 PM

    eatme2259 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 12:07 PM
    Not a cowboy fan, in fact just the opposite. But I think Whitten is the best TE in football. In this day and age of FA it’s great to see a talent stay with a team for his career.

    —————————————

    Gronk is by far the best TE in football and it’s not even close. Unfortunately he is injured too much.

  22. clashpoint says: Mar 28, 2017 1:34 PM

    Just came here to say two things:

    #1 – Hate the Cowboys, hope the franchise dies in a fire

    #2 – Witten is possibly the best TE to ever play the game, and #1 doesn’t change that

  23. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 28, 2017 1:42 PM

    What is Jerruh doing??

  24. squackduckhawk says: Mar 28, 2017 1:45 PM

    There are not a whole lot of things that I like about the Cowboys, but I do like and respect how loyal they are to players and coaches who have paid their dues for the organization. Sometimes doing what is right trumps doing what is logical, and it is refreshing to see especially in a league as cut-throat as the NFL.

  25. 'boys4life says: Mar 28, 2017 2:57 PM

    Hopefully it’s just a one year deal and he retires after this season.

  26. backuppunter says: Mar 28, 2017 3:04 PM

    I imagine it’s structured where the cowboys could dump him pretty painlessly after 2 years. just a guess

  27. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 28, 2017 3:06 PM

    It could be that for the first time in his career he honestly believes the Cowboys have a shot at going deep in the playoffs.

  28. youafool says: Mar 28, 2017 3:26 PM

    Good lord people its a series of 1 year deals to lower his cap hit this year. No new guaranteed money. This will only help our cap. No dead money can be accrued from this deal. It would behoove some of you to start paying attention to a freaking sport you claim to be a fan of.

  29. brucejennerhasmoresacksthanyou says: Mar 28, 2017 3:31 PM

    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what they do cause the red headed step child is still the coach.

  30. 'boys4life says: Mar 28, 2017 3:41 PM

    You got that right, doesn’t matter who leaves or who signs, doesn’t matter how exciting the boys are during the season, come crunch time we can count on garrett to blow it.

  31. stucats says: Mar 28, 2017 6:15 PM

    J. Witt will go down as one of the best all round tight-ends ever to play the game and he is a first ballot hall of famer.

    He is a great player but even a better person who exudes class, dignity and respect. Every young player on the Cowboys should emulate him.

    Gronkowski is a good player as well but he is also the biggest meat-head in the NFL.

  32. ikeclanton says: Mar 28, 2017 8:52 PM

    Gronkowski is just “good”???

    You had something going there until that part.

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