Career Cowboy Jason Witten to retire after 15 seasons

ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted out that Witten was still planning on meeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but plans appeared to be set. On April 27, they selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first-round pick. And that the longtime Cowboy has some professional decisions to make and needs a few more days to do so.

Suffice to say, the Cowboys likely will address both tight end and wide receiver in the upcoming rounds of the National Football League draft.

The Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions, who turns 36 next month, has seen a decrease in production in recent years.

The decision by Witten would mean the lead analyst job at all three networks will be held by former players who spent their entire careers with the Cowboys. At the top of the positional group is stalwart tight end and forever starter Jason Witten. The 10-time Pro Bowler will finish tied with defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, safety Bill Bates and late offensive lineman Mark Tuinei for most seasons in franchise history. Witten is third with 68, three behind Hall of Famer Bob Hayes. The duo has linked for 1,398 yards and 11 touchdowns on 132 catches in 2017 together. He is second behind Gonzalez in career receiving yards and Pro Bowl appearances by a tight end.

Several recognizable names, including Brett Favre and Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, auditioned for the gig, while internal candidates Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and others were reported candidates.

Nevertheless, the consensus is that Witten's impressive football career is coming to an end. The Cowboys signed Romo, an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois, that same year.

49ers trade Brown to Pats • The San Francisco 49ers have traded right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots a day after drafting Mike McGlinchey as his replacement in the first round.

New England sent its third-round selection (No. 95 overall) to the 49ers in exchange for Brown and San Francisco's fifth-round selection (No. 143) in this year's draft.

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