Dallas Cowboys: Why re-signing Jason Witten wasn’t the best move
The Dallas Cowboys have brought back future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten. Was it the right decision for a team desperate for talent at the position?
The Dallas Cowboys have brought back tight end Jason Witten after a year without a quality player at the position. For now, you could assume that Witten is now the starting tight end leapfrogging Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers. But was this the right move for the Cowboys when there are a few decent free agents and rookies in the upcoming draft?
Yes, Witten is the greatest Dallas Cowboy to ever play the tight end position. But why come back now after the Cowboys tried to bring you back last season? Dallas had a chance to bring in someone like free agent Tyler Eifert or Jesse James. Both have the talent and are younger and would have also been a cheap signing due to injury and lack of production.
The Dallas Cowboys also had their young tight ends Jarwin and Schultz who started to make plays down the stretch for the team. Bringing Witten back will most likely hurt their ability to grow and build on their rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott. Witten will surely eat into their reps on the practice field and in games.
If the Cowboys are going to use Witten as more of a coach on the field, that’s fine then bring him back as a coach and not a player. That way he can help the players and not hamper their development. It also keeps a spot open on the roster for a player at another position.
The Dallas Cowboys have a real opportunity to get a young and talented tight end on this team. They can’t fall back into their old habits and hold on to players that may still be able to play but aren’t producing as they have in the past. I loved watching Jason Witten play for the Cowboys but I feel like this wasn’t the best move for the team.