Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones showed up on NFL Live Friday, and one of the things he discussed was (of course) Jason Witten’s decision to return to the Cowboys and leave his fledgling broadcasting career in the dust.

On Witten, Jones claims that Witten “never totally bought into the idea of never playing again,” and also says that discussions between Witten and the Cowboys began around the Super Bowl. Jones also mentions that Witten’s decision to leave the NFL for broadcasting was a “tough one,” and that his comeback was “not surprising at all”.

Maybe Jones knew Witten needed a break, and wasn’t all that mad about him taking a year off to sit in the broadcasting booth, knowing he’d eventually come back to help the Cowboys. Given the reported talks between Witten and the Cowboys late in the 2018 season, it really seems like Witten’s heart was still on the field and Jones knew that with some talking (and a dumpster full of money), he could bring his long-time tight end back into the fold for the 2019 season.

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