Without Witten, the Cowboys now have nine career catches from the tight ends on their roster - all by fourth-year player Geoff Swaim.
There is reportedly another factor to consider as tight end Jason Witten contemplates retiring before the 2018 National Football League season. According to sportrac.com, Witten is due to make $4,735,000 with the Cowboys in 2018. Witten met with owner and general manager Jerry Jones and Jones said no official announcement was imminent.
No doubt, the Cowboys would love to keep Witten around for as long as they can. Witten turns 36 early next month.
The Cowboys also signed journeyman Deonte Thompson to go with Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley.
STILL NEED: The Cowboys didn't draft a safety despite moving one of last season's starters, Byron Jones, back to cornerback. The 10-time Pro Bowler will finish tied with defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, safety Bill Bates and late offensive lineman Mark Tuinei for most seasons in franchise history.
Even with all the talk, they still addressed a pair of positions that figure to look dramatically different after years of Bryant and Witten at or near the top of the club's list of receiving leaders.
Now, the future Hall of Famer seems to have another offer on the table.
A third-round pick out of Tennessee in 2003, Witten had 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who first reported Witten's retirement, reported on Sunday afternoon that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is "actively trying to persuade" the tight end to return for his 16th season.
Even though he was still active, the team paid tribute to him in its new practice facility with a huge picture of Witten running down the field against Philadelphia in 2007 without his helmet, which was knocked off on a hit as he stayed on his feet and kept going for nearly 30 yards.
Most of us would be stunned to have the opportunity for a chance at one of those options, but it appears the former Vols star will have his pick of the three. Fox has Troy Aikman teaming up with Joe Buck.