New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

Jason Witten’s highly-criticized one-year run in the Monday Night Football television booth has come to an end.

Witten will end his retirement from the NFL and will return to the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Last year’s Monday Night Football broadcast crew of Witten, Joe Tessitore, and Booger McFarland was widely panned. Awful Announcing ranked all 15 regular NFL broadcast crews and Witten and company finished dead last.

In a statement, ESPN wished Witten well in his return to the NFL.

ESPN executives had not officially announced plans for the 2018 Monday Night Football crew to return, but they did publicly give Tessitore, Witten, and McFarland a vote of confidence in December.

There have been no reports yet indicating what ESPN plans to do with the MNF broadcast next season.

2019 will be Witten’s 16th season in the NFL. The two-time All-Pro selection at tight end has 68 touchdown receptions in his career.

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