Cowboys players like Dak Prescott found out the same way that everyone else did, through the media reports and the team's star quarterback said Witten will be missed.
Jerry Jones spoke about the conversation he and Jason Witten shared this afternoon. "He also told me he is going to need some more time for consideration, at least through the weekend". And that the longtime Cowboy has some professional decisions to make and needs a few more days to do so.
Witten turns 36 on May 6.
Witten has tormented the Giants throughout his 15-year career, catching 154 passes and scoring 15 touchdowns against Big Blue - more than any other opponent he has faced.
Witten is an 11-time Pro Bowler and a likely future Hall of Famer. He now ranks 2nd all-time among National Football League tight ends in terms of receptions and receiving yards, trailing only Gonzalez. His foundation has provided assistance for families and women affected by domestic violence; Witten was raised in a family that was torn apart by domestic violence.
Those positive marks of his character were on the forefront of fans' minds today. Witten is on the field for 97 percent of the offensive snaps and that is a insane amount of snaps to replace when you consider the players behind him. However, the plot twist in this situation is Witten wants to be in the broadcasting booth with FoxSports this year. Gruden returned to coaching in the offseason.
Witten's move comes as a surprise to the Cowboys, who recently released Dez Bryant and suddenly have very little veteran presence in their receiving corps.