Jason Witten has no interest in chasing a championship with any other organization than the Dallas Cowboys.
He loved seeing former teammate DeMarcus Ware hoist the Lombardi Trophy with the Denver Broncos last February, but he doesn’t want to follow that script.
The Cowboys released Ware prior to the 2014 season, and it became a blessing in disguise as he’s gone on to have great success and win a title with the Broncos.
But Witten is still “all-in” in trying to end what has become a 21-year championship drought with the Cowboys. He’s too connected to the organization and owner Jerry Jones to consider playing elsewhere.
“I’m all-in here,” Witten said on Tuesday as the Cowboys began their three-day minicamp. “Mr. Jones has allowed every opportunity and dream of ours to be reality, so there’s a commitment and loyalty there that you want to bring that back here.
“Circumstances played out different for DeMarcus and I’m happy for him. He’s one of the great guys and great players and great teammates, but I couldn’t see myself doing it anywhere else besides here.”
Witten is going into Year 14 with the Cowboys, and has been to the postseason only five times in his career. Like quarterback Tony Romo, he has never played in the NFC Championship game, let alone Super Bowl.
But Witten is considered one of the best tight ends of his era. He joined the 1,000-catch club last season, and has 11,215 receiving yards with 60 touchdown catches in his career.
Witten, 34, has no plans of calling it quits anytime soon, either. He is still a productive player in the league and remains as motivated as ever to win a championship.
“People always tell me you just know, and that feeling has never even crossed my mind,” Witten said. “Also, let’s be real, you have to perform at a certain level. Right now, I feel I can continue to try to do that and that’s what makes it so much more fun for me.”