Jason Witten explains why he ditched Cowboys
After 16 years of donning the Dallas Cowboys uniform, tight end Jason Witten shocked the world when he inked a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. He admits it’s weird that he’s now wearing a different uniform, but he’s happy to join a young Raiders squad full of hungry players.
During media day, Witten explained why he left the Cowboys — the team that drafted him and where he forged a legendary career which includes 11 Pro Bowl appearances, two First-Team All-Pro selections, nearly 13,000 yards, and 72 touchdowns. For the 38-year-old, the Raiders are a perfect fit at this point in his career.
“I picked the Raiders because they’re a historic franchise,” Witten said, per Kyle Martin of raiders.com. “I felt like this was a young team that’s hungry, good guys. Coach [Jon] Gruden and his staff – I believe 100 percent in them. It’s a good fit for me and where I’m at in my career. So, I’m excited to join this team and all the young talent.”
Witten laid out the specifics on why he chose the Raiders. He’s particularly impressed with 27-year-old Darren Waller and incoming second-year man Foster Moreau.
“I’m really impressed with the tight end group. I think it starts with Darren Waller,” Witten said. “What an absolute freak guy he is. He’s athletic and talented and the future is extremely bright for him. He’s still extremely young at his position, so he can do it all. He can run, he can catch and he’s smart, and wants to be great.
“It transfers over to Foster [Moreau]. Going into his second year — I thought he had a really good rookie season. He loves football, he’s hungry and they’ve been sponges in the meeting room.”
From the looks of it, Witten will be playing a mentor role for the Raiders’ tight ends. He’s setting them up for a bright future, hoping to aid the franchise in the long run.