After 16 seasons in Dallas, Jason Witten could wear a different uniform this year.
"I think I have to be [open to playing for another team]"Witten told ESPN.com." Of course I would like to finish [my career] out here, but some of those things are out of your control. "
The 37-year-old tight end retired in 2018 to join Monday Night Football. After a season at ESPN, Witten retired and signed a $ 4.5 million one-year deal with the Cowboys in 2019.
"I still feel like I'm giving something," said Witten. "I was obviously on the other side of the decision to retire."
Witten scored 63 of 83 goals for 529 yards and four touchdowns last season. He is set to become a free agent on March 18.
The future Hall of Famer mentioned the coaching in his future, but it was rumored at short notice that Witten might consider switching to the Giants after his longtime head coach Jason Garrett was hired as an offensive coordinator under new coach Joe Judge.
"Yes, I think coaching is in the future, but I want to play as long as I can. We'll see where that takes place, ”said Witten.
The eleven-time Pro Bowler would be a complementary piece and a veteran presence for the Giants. The Giants depth map is led by the often injured 25-year-old Evan Engram, who is recovering from a Lisfranc injury. Kaden Smith, Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson also saw time for the Giants in 2019.
The Cowboys hired former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in the off-season after parting ways with Garrett. Witten met McCarthy, owner Jerry Jones, and vice president Stephen Jones this off-season. He called the meeting "great," but said that his future role was not discussed.
"Of course I want to [my future] to be with the Dallas Cowboys and I will always be a Dallas Cowboy, but I also understand that with all the changes, I may have to go somewhere else, ”said Witten.