VFL Jason Witten ending retirement, returning to Cowboys

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DALLAS, Texas (WVLT) -- According to multiple reports, former Tennessee and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is returning to the field.

Witten retired last year, and took a position as a Monday Night Football analyst.

According to NFL Insider Adam Shefter and DallasCowboys.com, Witten will return to Dallas for his 16th season as an NFL player.

"The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," said Witten, to the Cowboys organization.

Witten retired with 1,152 career receptions -- fourth in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, and Larry Fitzgerald.

He played for the Vols in the early 2000s, accounting for 68 catches, 797 yards, and 7 touchdowns in three seasons.

Witten's new contract for the 2019 season is reportedly worth $5 million.