Report: Cowboys lock up Witten

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The Dallas Cowboys signed Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten to a five-year, $37 million contract extension Sunday to keep him with the franchise through 2017, The Dallas Morning News reported.


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Witten, 29, worked late into Saturday night to reach an agreement with the Cowboys, ahead of Sunday's regular season opener at the New York Jets.

The contract, which includes $19 million guaranteed, effectively commits him to the team for the rest of his career.

The agreement came two days after the Cowboys signed nose tackle Jay Ratliff to a five-year, $40 million contract extension.

"I am blessed to say that I will retire a cowboy!" Witten tweeted Sunday.

Witten was a third-round selection in the 2003 NFL draft. He had two years left on his current deal before signing the extension.

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