Jason Witten answers retirement question after heartbreaking loss

BY Cameron DaSilva • January 16, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys are in good shape for the future. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and the offensive line are young, and just about all of them are under contract for the foreseeable future. Sunday’s loss obviously stings for Dallas, but the road ahead looks promising.

While that’s certainly true, you also have to look at the other side of the coin – the side that features aging veterans like Jason Witten, Tony Romo and Doug Free. They’re veterans who are running out of time, whose windows to win a Super Bowl are closing. Romo has likely played his last game in a Cowboys uniform, but Witten is still under contract and the always-durable tight end plans to be back in the fold for another run in Dallas.

"I haven't really thought about it," Witten said, via the Dallas Morning News. "Every year when I'm empty at this point, it's just you gave everything you got, and I'll take time to reflect on it. I love this team and this group of guys, and so, yeah, that will be the plan for sure."

"I'm in my 14th year, and you know there's a shelf life for everybody. You put everything you have into it, and when you come up short it's tough. It's not about a paycheck. It's about an opportunity to compete and lead and win and play in these types of games. This team had a special feel all the way through, and to come up short like that for me is hard."

"It's tough for me to swallow that. It's not about any one individual,” he said. “I'm proud of this team. I really have my whole career I've tried to work really hard to not make it about me, and that's why there's emotion that goes along with this.”

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