You can never have enough Cowboys in an NFL TV?booth, so it seems. Fox Sports is targeting?tight end Jason Witten?to become its new “Thursday Night Football” analyst, sources tell Sporting News.
Fox and ESPN spent February?pursuing Peyton Manning to call “TNF” and “Monday Night Football,” respectively,?offering him anunprecedented $10 million a year .?But if Manning doesn’t want to do TV, the 35-year-old Witten could step right off the playing field and into the TV booth for Fox.
Witten’s representatives declined to comment.?Fox also declined to comment.?
The Cowboys signed Witten to a?four-year contract extension in March?2017. His retirement would be a blow to a squad trying to play catch-up in the NFC East, having fallen behind the Super Bowl champion Eagles.
Although he turns 36 in May, Witten continues to play an important role in Dallas’ offense as an all-purpose tight end. He caught 63 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns last year while also helping to create holes in the running game for Ezekiel Elliott. Witten’s durability also remains a plus with his streak of consecutive games now at 239.
Hayward then confirmed the report.
Hayward earned a Pro Bowl selection?and was a Second-Team All Pro selection in each of the last two seasons.?In 2016, he led the league with seven interceptions, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish that feat outright. He added four more interceptions last season.
Explained: Yes, a lot of good will come of asking a member of the Johnsonville Bratwursts how his 54-108 season went last year. Or what went wrong, because, you know, that will yield great results in an interview.