Jason Witten will be on "Monday Night Football" again this season – but not as an announcer.
The retreat did not last until one year for the Dallas Cowboys star, who returns to the club one season after hanging up his cleats. The 2019 season will mark its 16th season with the Texas team.
The NFL team announced the new Thursday afternoon. He first hung up his cleats in May to pursue a career in the broadcast booth of ESPN's "Monday Night Football".
In a statement, the Cowboys said the team retained Witten's rights when he was placed on the NFL Reserve / Retiree list last season. The Pro Bowl restricted team, 11 times, has accepted a one-year contract. The transaction is worth about $ 5 million.
"The fire inside me to play and play this game burns too hard," Witten said in a statement released by the Cowboys. "This team has a group of young rising stars and I want to help them fight for a championship."
He added, "It was my decision and I am very comfortable, I can not wait to get in the mud."
Witten resisted critics in his first season with ESPN, but went on to say that he was determined to improve and stay true to broadcasting.
"We thank Jason for his many contributions to Monday Night Football and ESPN over the past year and wish him every success," said the network in a statement. "We've seen a lot of former coaches and players get into the broadcast before coming back to the game that they like, so we understand Jason's desire to return to the Dallas Cowboys." In the coming weeks, we will determine our MNF projects for the 2019 season. "
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Witten, 36, retired with 1,152 career receptions, placing him fourth in the history of the NFL, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. He played 239 career games with the Cowboys – a franchise record.
Witten and Gonzalez are the only tight ends of the NFL with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. Gonzalez was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame during his first try this year. Witten postponed consideration of his date with Canton.
Witten's return gives quarterback Dak Prescott another target among his most reliable months after the Cowboys won their first playoff game with 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie and two-time NFL race champion Ezekiel Elliott.
Associated Press contributed to this report.