Another Cowboy could be following Jason Garrett to the Giants.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, tight end Jason Witten does not have a path to join Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff in Dallas, so the 11-time Pro Bowler has not ruled out a return to the playing field in 2020, which includes the possibility of reuniting with Garrett, who was just hired as the offensive coordinator in New York.
McCarthy hired Lunda Wells, the former Giants tight ends coach, as the positional coach in Dallas — making a spot for Witten on the staff unlikely.
Witten, 37, has had a lot of success in his career with Garrett overseeing the offense. The Cowboys’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards has spent 12 of his 16-year NFL career with Garrett as either a head coach or offensive coordinator.
Witten returned to the Cowboys last year on a one-year contract after he had initially retired following the 2017 season. He finished with 63 catches for 529 yards and four touchdowns in his return to the field.
If Witten were to join the Giants, he would most likely have to take on a reduced role behind primary tight end Evan Engram, who had 44 catches for 467 yards and three touchdowns through eight games before a season-ending foot injury.
Seeing Witten in Giants blue would be an unusual sight for both fan bases. His 16 touchdown catches against Big Blue is the most against any team in his career, and he combined for 11 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Giants last year.
Mortensen, however, noted that nothing is close to being settled regarding Witten’s future. Should Witten retire, he could potentially be inducted into the Hall of Fame with fellow tight end Antonio Gates, who announced his retirement earlier this week.