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Stephen Jones Says Cowboys Will "110 Percent" Support Jason Witten's Decision

May 02, 2018 - 4:36 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - With the clock ticking on the reported decision day for Jason Witten, the Cowboys threw their support behind the future Hall of Fame tight end once again. 

When speaking to reporters Wednesday, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said he didn't have an update on Witten's decision but the team will support him "110 percent" no matter what he decides to do.

“Obviously we’d love to have him be a Cowboy because of what he brings to the table. We’re a better football team with him, no question,” Jones said, via the team's website. “But at the same time, in his mind if it’s time to do something different in his career path, then we would 110 percent support that as well. We just want to give him all the time he needs. He deserves it. He’s a Hall of Fame player, both on and off the field.”

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Witten is expected to inform the Cowboys of his future plans by today. 

“Jerry and I and our family struggle with that because you really don’t want to talk someone into something,” Stephen Jones said. “This game is a tough game. I learned a lot from Coach Parcells when he was here and you’ve got to be all in to play the game.

“You just want him to do what’s in the best interest, not only for him but for his family. This is one case where we don’t need to be selfish. We need to support what’s best for him.”

Back on April 27, Mortensen reported that Witten was planning to retire after 15 NFL seasons to join Monday Night Football. 

A source told 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher later that afternoon that "it's looking like that," when asked if Witten was heading to the broadcast booth.

According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, ESPN is offering Witten at least $4 million per year to be the color analyst on 'MNF'. 

Witten's current contract would pay him a base salary of $1.05 million for 2018 with up to $750k in per-game roster bonuses. 

In another report, Mortensen says that another network has made a last-minute push to get Witten to join them instead.