He finished with 560 receiving yards and five touchdowns before hanging up his cleats to join ESPN's Monday Night Football as an analyst.
Over the course of his career, he had more than 1,100 receptions, almost 12,500 receiving yards and played in 239 games a Cowboys franchise record.
"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong", Witten said in a statement issued through the team. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt".
As the team revealed, Witten will end his retirement and come back for season No. 16 of his National Football League career, re-joining the Cowboys in the process. On Thursday afternoon, amid the drama of the NFL Scouting Combine and chatter surrounding the draft, it was revealed that legendary tight end Jason Witten would return to the gridiron.
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Well, after one year, the legendary tight end is back in the game. Blake Jarwin caught 27 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns, while Geoff Swaim caught 26 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown. He will soon return to the field and officially sign a contract, the team said. "In the coming weeks we will determine our MNF plans for the 2019 season". The Cowboys reportedly are paying him $3.5 million to return.
Witten will rejoin the Cowboys after the team went 10-6 last season and lost in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams.
Witten played for the Blue and Silver from 2003 - 2017.