Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and defensive tackle Maliek Collins will reportedly both play for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.
The Dallas Cowboys continue to lose starters to free agency. On Monday, cornerback Byron Jones agreed to join the Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Randall Cobb headed south to join the Houston Texans. On Tuesday, the Cowboys’ current sack leader, defensive end Robert Quinn, agreed to join the Chicago Bears.
Now, tight end Jason Witten and defensive tackle Maliek Collins are heading to sin city. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Witten has agreed to sign a one-year deal worth up to $4.75 million to join the newly relocated Raiders. The Cowboys sign restricted free agent tight end Blake Jarwin to a new four-year deal on Monday, securing the position beyond Witten for the foreseeable future.
It’s an end to a stellar run for the 37-year old Witten in Dallas. The future Hall of Fame tight end spent 16 years with America’s Team and is currently the Cowboys all-time leader in games played with 255, receptions with 1,215, and receiving yards with 12,977. His 72 receiving touchdowns are the second-most in franchise history, just a single score behind wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Witten retired in 2018, spending that season as the color commentator for ESPN’s Monday Night Football program. He returned to the Cowboys last year and posted solid numbers with 63 catches for 529 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cowboys are also losing Collins to Las Vegas per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning news. The four-year tackle is expected to join his previous defensive coordinator in Dallas, Rod Marinelli, who joined the Raiders coaching staff as their defensive line coach last month.
A third-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys and a member of the team’s legendary 2016 draft class, Maliek Collins was selected a round before quarterback Dak Prescott. During his four-year stint, injuries limited the 24-year old interior defender from reaching the potential he flashed as a rookie when he recorded career-highs in both combined tackles (23) and sacks (5.0).