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Cowboys Extend Jason Witten Through 2017

The Cowboys continued their practice of extending veteran players deep into their 30’s Sunday morning by agreeing to a new five-year deal with Jason Witten for $37 million. The deal reportedly includes $19 million in guaranteed money and will not even begin until 2013, meaning that Witten will be paid big money through his age 35 season.

It also means that Witten could now easily be a Cowboys for life, like teammate Jay Ratliff who extended his contract through 2017 on Friday. The Cowboys now know that Tony Romo and his three key receivers will be together long term.

Witten has been among the best tight ends in the NFL in his eight seasons and could be on the map for the hall of fame when he’s finished. After playing in 15 games as a rookie, Witten has not missed a game. He’s totaled 617 catches for 6967 yards and 36 TD, and he’s a quality blocker. He’s been voted to seven pro bowls and five all-pro teams (including the last four).

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