National Football League notebook: Cowboys TE Witten reportedly will retire

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones says Witten hasn't made a final decision and wanted the weekend to think about his future.

Now the question is whether they will take a tight end while waiting for Jason Witten to decide whether to retire after 15 seasons and go into broadcasting.

James Hanna announced his retirement earlier in April, and Geoff Swaim has not emerged as a solid pass-catcher.

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He also owns National Football League records for the most receptions in a single season by a tight end (110 in 2012) and most receptions in a single game by a tight end (18 in 2012).

"Witten is averaging just nine yards per reception this season".

Witten, who played collegiately at Tennessee, was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 draft. Witten had 19 games in his career with at least nine catches, including an 18-catch, 167-yard effort against the New York Giants on October 28, 2012.

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After being inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and constantly finding himself in head coach featured Bruce Arians' doghouse, Humphries showed more in his second and third seasons.

With the fifth-year option guaranteed for injury alone, the Cardinals have more to for Humphries to become the player they believe he can be. "We believe he's a natural fit in our defensive system, and his abilities will allow him to flourish". While a team source said Witten could still change his mind, ESPN reported "the consensus is that Witten's impressive football career is coming to an end".

The Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions, who turns 36 next month, has seen a decrease in production in recent years. He and his wife, Michelle, have four young children. The first round of the draft combined for 11.2 million viewers through broadcasts on Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and the NFL Network, a 22-percent increase over a year ago. 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.

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