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Jason Witten returning to play for Cowboys after year as Monday Night Football analyst

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Jason Witten returning to play for Cowboys after year as ‘Monday Night Football’ analyst

After one year as an analyst on “Monday Night Football,” Jason Witten is returning to his playing career by signing a deal with the Cowboys.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Dallas Cowboys have addressed one position of need already from the NFL scouting combine.

No, they haven’t lined up a draft prospect or a lucrative free agent here.

Instead, the team has agreed to terms with 11-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, who retired last spring to join ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast. The crew was often under criticism this season as it tried to find chemistry in its first year together.

The Cowboys announced Witten’s return in a release Thursday afternoon.

“The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in the release. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship.

Witten, 36, added that this was “completely” his decision and he’s “very comfortable” with his decision to rejoin the team for 2019. In 15 career seasons, Witten caught 1,152 passes for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns.

He averaged 10.8 yards per reception and played in 239 career games.

Now, he’ll look to prepare for his 240th.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt,” Witten said.

Follow Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.

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