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Jason Witten denies Jason Garrett was trying to get him out of booth, back on Cowboys

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 12/11/2018 Shalise Manza Young

Jason Witten wearing a suit and tie: Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, now an ESPN broadcaster, denied a report that the Cowboys have been trying to lure him back to the field. (AP) © Provided by Oath Inc. Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, now an ESPN broadcaster, denied a report that the Cowboys have been trying to lure him back to the field. (AP) On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had made “multiple attempts” to lure Jason Witten out of retirement and re-join the team.

Ever since, anyone involved has been denying the report.

‘There’s nothing there’

Witten surprised many earlier this year when he retired to accept ESPN’s offer to be the color analyst for “Monday Night Football.” The 11-time Pro Bowler’s transition to broadcasting hasn’t been smooth, but it’s certainly easier on a 36-year-old body than playing NFL tight end.

“There’s nothing there,” Witten said Monday during a visit with his ESPN colleagues on “Golic and Wingo.” “Look, I’m enjoying where I’m at. Those guys [the Cowboys] are red-hot. They don’t need to change a thing with the way they’re playing and the way that defense is playing.

“They’re in good shape and so am I.”

Dallas has won five straight games and taken control of the NFC East, but they’ve done it without much contribution from the tight end spot: Geoff Swaim, who has started nine games, is the most productive player at the position, with 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown, but broke his wrist last month against the Falcons and hasn’t played since.

‘That’s just not correct’

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was the first to dispute the report, saying after Dallas’ overtime win against Philadelphia on Sunday, “That’s just not correct, period.”

“He misses competing, but he’s got his head down and hands in the dirt, doing the job on ‘Monday Night Football,'” Jones said of Witten.

On Monday, Garrett also threw some water on the notion, saying, “There is no truth to that story.”

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