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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Cowboys TE Jason Witten plans to retire and join the Monday Night Football broadcast team, though he'll meet with Jerry Jones before making it official. Assuming he does finalize that decision, Witten would join Dez Bryant in removing about 45% of targets from last year's Dallas offense. Witten's share slipped to 17.7%, while his 8.9 yards per catch marked a career low. With TE James Hanna also retiring, Rico Gathers could face big opportunity in his 2nd season. We'll see whether the Cowboys add pass-catchers -- either at TE or WR -- in the next 2 rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders have agreed to a 1-year, $4.75 million deal with TE Jason Witten. It's an odd fit, given that Las Vegas had both Darren Waller and rookie Foster Moreau emerge last year. We'll see if Witten actually makes the regular-season roster. Either way, he looks like a fantasy non-factor.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has been impressed by TE Jason Witten this spring. “I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.” Witten won't be out-athleting any defenders this season, but it's still nice to hear he's looking good at 37 years old after taking 2018 off. We'll see how he holds up throughout training camp and the season. Witten posted a 63-560-5 line and 9th-place PPR finish when we saw him last in 2017. We'd bet against that level of production this year, but Witten could be a useful spot-start option for fantasy squads.

The Cowboys announced that TE Jason Witten will return to play in 2019. He retired last May and bombed in the Monday Night Football booth. Now he'll head back to the field, where he's been much better. "This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship," Witten said in a statement. He'll turn 37 in May and averaged a career-low 8.9 yards per catch when we last saw him in 2017. But he still caught 63 balls that year and finished 9th among TEs in PPR points. We'll see what the year off did but won't rule out Witten being at least a spot-start option for fantasy teams in 2019.

The Cowboys and TE Jason Witten have agreed to a 4-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. It tacks on to the final year of his current deal to lock Witten up through the 2021 season. He'll be 39 at that point, so we doubt he makes it through the life of this contract. But it at least confirms that Witten remains a significant part of Dallas' offense. He ranked 11th among TEs in PPR points last year -- and that was his worst finish since his 2003 rookie campaign.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten drew 7 targets in Sunday night's loss to the Giants, tying for 2nd on the team. He caught 4 for a nondescript 26 yards, but the 7 looks marked a rebound rom 3 and 0 in his past 2 outings. Witten remains a low-ceiling fantasy option and gets a tougher draw in Week 15 with the Bucs, who entered Sunday ranked 6th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage ratings. After that, however, comes #29 Detroit.

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