The Dallas Cowboys might be looking at Jason Witten’s replacement thru this upcoming draft.
As Witten prepares for his 16th NFL season, the Cowboys would be smart to keep their eyes out for the future of the position. There is no doubting that Witten can still play at a high level, but father time is undefeated. It might not be this year, but Witten’s time in this league is coming to an end.
Should Dallas look to the draft to find Witten’s replacement?
Witten won’t take it personal if the Cowboys draft a tight end this April. Instead he will take it as the Cowboys improving their team and good competition (via ESPN).
“They’ve got to find the best roster that they can do,” Witten said last week at the inaugural Jason Witten College Man of the Year Award dinner. “It would be foolish to get sensitive and worry about that. You’ve got to be able to compete and play at a high level. I welcome that and certainly I would help that guy in any way and I think the most important thing is let’s make our football team better. I know Stephen and Jerry [Jones] and Will [McClay] and coach [Jason] Garrett, they’re doing everything they can to put us in position in free agency and the draft to do that. Tight end position may be one of those spots.”
The two tight end blue print was mastered by the New England Patriots!
The Cowboys have tried to find that second tight end to play alongside Witten but have not found that player. They used second round picks on Anthony Fasano (2006), Martellus Bennett (2008), and Gavin Escobar (2012) to possibly fill that spot. All three players didn’t live up to expectation, with Bennett having success after he left the team in free agency.
Stephen Jones was standing about 3 feet away from Jason Witten when he was asked a question about potentially drafting his replacement this spring. His answer was hilarious. pic.twitter.com/VTVzvM2nGx
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 23, 2018
Jason Witten finished with the second lowest drop rate in the NFL among TEs this season! pic.twitter.com/FrCN5v5zxf
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 25, 2018
Witten has been fantastic and might play another 3-5 years, but there is no denying Dallas must find his replacement. That could be in Blake Jarwin, who the Cowboys love the potential. Rico Gathers is another interesting option that continues to be the fan favorite. However, we are still waiting to see his coming out party entering his third season.
Gathers is a physical beast on the field but has yet to play a down in the regular season. After spending his rookie season on the Cowboys practice squad, he missed this past year with a concussion. He continues to be an option, but only from what we have seen in this past preseason.
Should Dallas use a draft pick on a tight end, or will Gathers or Jarwin turn out to be the answer?