Last week was the 2018 NFL draft. Hopes and dreams were accomplished by hundreds of young men. Many became millionaires overnight thanks to large contracts. One of the biggest story lines from last week in the NFL wasn’t on those beginning their careers, but on a player ending his. Jason Witten announced he will retire from the NFL. While this did come as a shock to most, the fifteen year veteran believes it is now time for the next phase of his career. Jason Witten’s net worth sits at $25 million.
A tight end from the University of Tennessee, Witten was drafted by the Cowboys in the 3rd round of the 2003 NFL draft. Unlike most, he spent all fifteen years of his NFL career in Dallas. Jason reportedly wants to become a broadcaster, thus his reasoning for retiring. He is almost a certain Hall of Fame inductee in the years to come.
Jason Witten signed his first NFL contract back in 2003. His original deal was for $1.58 million over four years. His play on the field was rewarded, and he would eventually sign additional contract extensions with the Cowboys. His first extension came in 2006 and was for six years and $29.5 million. Five years later the Cowboys added on additional years to his contract. His largest extension was this one that paid him $37 million over five seasons. It was this extension before the 2011 season that really gave rise to Jason Witten’s net worth.
His career as been nothing short of astonishing. Witten amassed over 1100 catches during his career to go along with over 12,000 receiving yards. Additionally, he was the recipient of 68 touchdowns. Although his production has tapered off in recent years, he had four seasons of at least 1000 yards receiving. In 2010 he set his season best with nine touchdown catches. He holds the Cowboys franchise record for career receptions and career receiving yards.
While his stats are impressive, so are his NFL accomplishments. He has been named to the Pro Bowl eleven times throughout his career. He also won the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award that goes to the NFL player who exhibits off-field leadership in areas of volunteer work and charity. He is the first and only tight end to ever receive the award. The only thing Witten lacks from a near stellar career is a Super Bowl ring.
Witten is married to his wife Elizabeth and the couple has four children together. There have been rumors that Witten is poised to accept a broadcasting position with ESPN for the 2018 NFL season. ESPN is ready to offer him a multi-million dollar a year deal. If Witten is able to sign such a lucrative contract with ESPN, Jason Witten’s net worth can continue to steadily increase in the years to come.