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Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:37 am
Edited on: September 11, 2011 10:38 am
 
Tony Romo keeps one of his favorite targets in Dallas through 2017. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Cowboys signed tight end Jason Witten early Sunday morning to a five-year, $37 million contract extension that includes $19 million in guarantees, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman. Now one of the NFL's best pass-catching tight ends, and quarterback Tony Romo's go-to guy, is signed through 2017.

Witten hauled in 94 passes for 1,002 yards and nine touchdowns last season, even though Romo was lost for the final 10 games. Just how good were those numbers? According to Football Outsiders, Witten ranked third in total value among all NFL tight ends behind only Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski, two players who caught passes from Philip Rivers and Tom Brady all season long.

Last month, the Seahawks signed tight end Zach Miller to a five-year contract worth $34 million, including $17 million in guarantees. By comparison, Miller had 60 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns a last season with the Raiders. He also ranked 19th in total value, according to Football Outsiders. Of course, Miller played in Oakland, where he was often the only reliable downfield passing option, and he played on a team built around the run.

As for Dallas, there's no reason to think Witten, 29, won't continue to play at a high level. He's had at least 80 catches and 950 yards receiving in each of the last four seasons, and 2011 shouldn't be any different. We'll find out on Sunday night when the Cowboys begin their season against the Jets.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017



tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:09 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

You should be that lucky...you're just jealous, and speaking of classless overrated bums Mr. Vick comes to mind.
 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:43 am
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

Yo KingBishop99,
Your comments are 100% off based on yesterday's results.
1. McNabb threw for 39 yards in yet another loss.  What were the Vikings thinking?
2. It's funny you said the Eagles woould choke this year after watching Romo choke AGAIN!  How bout dem Cowboys?

That said, I dont agree with Many Injuries that Witten is over rated or a bum. 



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:15 am
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

You can't compare Witten to Vick unless you're the ultimate Moron. Vick is the Better player of the two.
Anyone see the irony in these two statements? LOL.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

Some of you here that Spew out that Convicted Felon crap are just plain Ignorant! You can't compare Witten to Vick unless you're the ultimate Moron. Vick is the Better player of the two. But Witten does deserve the extension though I think 2017 is way too long, 2014/2015 is more realistic. Witten always plays Hard and at 100% when out on the field, he's not the Best TE but he's a very hard worker. Plus this season he will earn every bit of that new contract with the very young O-Line that they have. If Witten can't produce Romo and everyone else will know. 



Since: Aug 21, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

you need to relax a covicted felon i live my cowboys but holy crap we  have had so many criminals on our team lets be impartial shall we



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:42 am
 

Cowboys extend Witten through 2017

Many injuries, does your chosen name refer to the state of your brain???? I feel sorry for your parents.



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