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Dallas Cowboys Lock Up Jason Witten For Five Years, Pay Him $37 Million

Tight end Jason Witten is a Dallas Cowboy for at least five more years, signing a $37 million contact on Sunday with $19 million guaranteed over the life of his deal.

The Cowboy’s have been on a signing tear after two days ago Jay Ratliff to a five-year extension worth $40 million.

Witten still had two years left on his contract, allowing him to test the free agent market in 2013, the extension likely means he’ll finish out his career as a Cowboy.

Posting news of his contract on Twitter Witten tweeted:

“I am blessed to say that I will retire a cowboy!Thx to the jones family, and all the cowboy staff! True honor to put on the star!! #gameday.”

The move to secure Witten makes sense after he performed well in 2010, catching 94 times for 1,002 yards. Witten also managed nine touchdowns in only seven partial games under the leadership of QB Tony Romo.

Witten has also amassed 617 receptions, second-most in franchise history behind Michael Irvin who racked up 750 catches over his career.

Jason has also manged three 90-catch seasons, the second most in NFL history at the tight end position, second only to Tony Gonzalez.

Witten wasn’t chosen until the third-round of the 2003 NFL draft and broke his jaw as a rookie, since then he’s managed to be selected for the Pro Bowl seven times, making him the fifth most selected person of all time, only one selection behind Emmitt Smith.

Do you think signing Jason Witten to a five-year contract extension was a smart move for Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys?