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Jason Witten has chose to retire from the Cowboys

Jason Witten has chose to retire from the Cowboys

The Cowboys announced a 3 p.m. ET news conference Thursday for a "Witten announcement", which will be carried live on NFL Network. When he played in his 11th Pro Bowl in January, he tied Bob Lilly for the most in team history.

Witten told the Cowboys he was considering the offer last week.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no timeline on when Witten would make a decision.

The video above (and shown below) is from the Cowboys Report, a Facebook live show and a video podcast on iTunes. However, he still had five touchdowns and continued to be one of Dak Prescott's most reliable receiving targets.

This day was always coming soon for the Cowboys. He's played through myriad injuries in his career, appearing in every game since Week 6 of his rookie campaign.

Witten ends his career as one of the best tight ends in National Football League history, totaling 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the N.F.L.in catches behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald.

Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

Witten leaves Dallas as the franchise leader in games played (239). The other is Fox's Troy Aikman, who won three Super Bowls as quarterback in the 1990s.

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He'll be paired with Joe Tessitore, who replaces Sean McDonough.

"There's been a lot of things that have happened over the years - especially the last few months". But we rarely get to script the endings we want.

Congrats on a great career, Witten. His iconic moment came in 2007 when he ran almost 30 yards and was tackled without a helmet after it was knocked off in a collision with two defenders.

And Witten was never part of a team that advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs. It was the sort of gesture usually reserved for retired players. The club had already released Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.

He caught at least one pass in every game from Week 10 of the 2008 season to Week 13 of 2016, a span of 130 games.

The Cowboys now have four players on their roster at the tight end position - Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, Dalton Shultz and Blake Jarwin.

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