We have breaking news to announce.
According to various sources, Dallas Cowboys' star tight end Jason Witten has an important meeting scheduled with team owner Jerry Jones, and is expected to announce his retirement. He would be joining ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast team.
Chris Mortensen broke the news on his Twitter account just minutes ago:
"Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst but will meet today with owner Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources."
The news has also been confirmed by ESPN's Adam Schefter:
"Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is on the brink of retirement after 15 years to join ESPN as the Monday Night Football broadcast team as an analyst, per @mortreport."
This decision may be surprising to some people, because Witten announced just a few days ago that he wanted to keep playing until he was 40. Here's what he said, according to Star-Telegram's Clarence E. Hill Jr.:
“There's been a lot of things said over the years, especially the last few months,” Witten said Tuesday night. “I guess that's what happens when you get old. Maybe one day that will happen, but hopefully I can play until I'm 40 like some of these other guys. I'll take it one day at a time. My plan is to be here with the Cowboys. Absolutely.”