Witten's comeback will be his 16th pro season, which he started in 2003 with the Cowboys before announcing his retirement past year. With his return to the league, he has a real chance to jump inside the top-20 and possibly even the top-15 if he decides to play for more than one season.
Tight end remained a huge need for the Cowboys and was an area the team planned to address in the upcoming draft and possibly free agency.
ESPN reports that he signed a one-deal with the Cowboys worth $3.5 million plus incentives and bonuses.
He added: "This was completely my decision and I am very comfortable with it". He spent the 2018 season as an analyst for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts, working alongside Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.
"I'm flattered that [the Cowboys] would have considered it", Witten said. But the production might not be much of an upgrade to an already lackluster tight end group. We have seen many former coaches and players go into broadcasting before eventually returning to the game they love, so we understand Jason's desire to return to the Dallas Cowboys. Sports Illustrated called last season's "Monday Night Football" crew "close to unwatchable". The 2019 season will mark his 16th season with the Texas team.
The Cowboys finished atop the NFC East last season with a 10-6 record.
He'll turn 37 years old this spring. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones so far hasn't given Garrett another extension coming off a third playoff trip in five years.