Jason Witten formerly of the Dallas Cowboys announced that he would be retiring from the NFL today to follow in his former quarterback, Tony Romo’s footsteps, and become an analyst in the broadcast booth with ESPN for Monday Night Football games. Jay Cutler did the opposite last season, leaving the broadcast booth to go back to the football field for the Miami Dolphins. Witten will finish his career as the Cowboys all time leading receiver, the 4th ranked receiver for receptions behind Larry Fitzgerald as the only active NFL player, and then Tony Gonzalez, and Jerry Rice. He will also leave the Cowboys as Jerry Jones 6th all time favorite Cowboy behind Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Ezekiel Elliott, and Vinny Testaverde.
In an attempt to one up Jason Witten in the NFL news cycle the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reached an agreement with the organization to extend his contract for 5 years, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. He will receive 100 million in guaranteed money, and becomes the first player to get 30 million per year in his deal. It looks like Kirk Cousins 15 minutes of fame are over, as Ryan soars passed him to the bank. Brandon Perna of That’s Good Sports breaks down all of this NFL news, including the financial move the Pittsburgh Steelers made to get Ryan Shazier his 8.7 million dollar salary early.