Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten shocked a lot of people when he decided to come back to play football but so far he is satisfied with the way everything has worked out. Witten knows it was a tough decision to make but he was happy he made the decision early so that he could get into shape and not be a step behind everyone else.

“When I made that decision, I knew how important it was going to be to get back in shape,” Witten said via The Athletic. “I think that’s when you make that decision in February and March and not in July, August or November. That was important for me to get back in there. I knew I had a lot of work to do, and it’s been a good start for me.”

There was talk all the way back last season that Witten could come back but he decided against it mid-season. Witten admits that it was a long nine months away but the first offseason workout was when he really felt like he was back.

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“It was a long nine months away, and I think we all know how we go into making those decisions like that,” Witten said. “It’s great to get back in there. And having those captains’ workouts really allowed me to fit in. Within the first five minutes, it’s like ‘Okay, this is new for a second.’ But getting acclimated with those guys, [getting] back to work, [putting] your head down. That’s how I tried to approach it. So it’s been a good start. I know I have a lot of work still to do.”

Witten seems to be guaranteed a spot on the Cowboys but it’s still something he would like to earn and being in shape is a good first step in earning that. As long as he is healthy and can still catch the ball he should be an assist to the Cowboys this upcoming season.