Jason Witten truly will be a Dallas Cowboy for life.
Witten signed a four-year extension through 2021 on Tuesday, the club announced.
The deal maxes out at $29.6 million, according to sources. It does not include more guaranteed money but gives both sides peace of mind knowing where Dallas’ longtime tight end will play beyond this season.
Witten, who turns 35 in May, was entering the final year of his deal and is set to make $7.4 million in base salary and will count $12.262 million against the salary cap. The Cowboys can restructure Witten’s contract and free up close to $4 million in cap space whenever they need it.
“He wants to make sure he is never not in the last year of his contract. It worked out for everybody. It helped us under the cap this year as well,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said, according to the Star-Telegram.
This is the fourth contract Witten has signed with the Cowboys since he was a third-round pick in 2003.
After the Cowboys’ divisional-round loss to the Green Bay Packers in January, Witten said he anticipated he would return for another season, even if retirement crept into his mind. With this deal, he is showing that he is thinking of playing beyond 2017.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Todd Archer