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Cowboys TE Jason Witten Announces Retirement to Join ESPN on MNF

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said ‘so long’ on Thursday, walking away after 15 seasons with the Cowboys to take a position with ESPN as part of the Monday Night Football crew.

Witten wrestled with the decision for the past week, alternating almost hourly between taking the job and playing a record 16th season for the Cowboys, sources said. He has informed owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett of his decision.

Sources said he leaned heavily on Jones in coming to a conclusion.

Witten, who turns 36 on Sunday, could not be reached for comment. On Wednesday, executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no timeline on when Witten would make a decision.

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