Jason Witten believes he can continue playing at a Pro Bowl level

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Jason Witten played in his 11th Pro Bowl last week. The Cowboys tight end will play a 16th season, confirming his commitment to a return for the 2018 season.

I’m coming back,” Witten said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I feel confident I can play the position at a high level still and all the things that are asked of me as a leader. I feel good about that.”

Witten, 35, signed a four-year extension through 2021 last March.

He continues to chase an elusive championship, with the Cowboys having gone 2-6 in the postseason since drafting him in the third round in 2003. The Cowboys went 13-3 in 2016 and 9-7 last season, giving Witten hope that they aren’t far away.

“I like our team. I think the core is good,” Witten said. “We have to evaluate and be better. We were 9-7. Two or three of those games could have gone either way. But you have to understand what is going on. Offensively, we didn’t play as well as we needed to play down the stretch and that hurt us. We have to look at ourselves and play better. We have the right guys. You have to be self-confident and be self-critical. I believe in the group. It’s a good football team.”

10 responses to “Jason Witten believes he can continue playing at a Pro Bowl level

  1. They’re not too far away, but one or two wrong moves could dump back into mediocrity. The Cowboys have a good chance of being competitive in the postseason, but they also have a good chance of having to tumble into rebuild mode if they make the wrong move on such things as the Dez contract, drafting the defense, or if for whatever reason they don’t get the run game back to where it needs to be (e.g., an injury to Frederick, Martin, Smith, or Elliot). On the other hand, one or two more players for example, an explosive receiver, a shutdown corner, or the emergence of an elite pass rusher, could take them back to where they were two years ago.

  2. Believing and doing are 2 different things. As far as him being a threat anymore those days are over. He can’t jump for the ball as soon as you touch him he is down forget about yac and he’s slow as dirt. I still like him as a player much respect.

  3. I like Witten, but, He is old and slow and needs to go. Keeping him only slows down the progression of finding his replacement. Stop being loyal homers, Troy had to go Emmitt had to go and many before them, Witten is hurting the team at this stage of his career.

  4. Always respected the dude, has certainly been a go-to guy in the clutch. I think his comments about the offense are spot on, but I still think the best they can hope for next year is a wild card birth.

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