No matter what Jason Witten does this year, it’s going to be weird to see him wearing silver and black. The Dallas Cowboys legend admitted as much in a recent interview.
“It does feel weird to be in new colors,” Witten said, per Raiders.com.
Despite having a loaded tight end room, the Las Vegas Raiders signed Witten after he spent 16 seasons in Dallas. It was certainly a surprising move to see him make the change this late in his career. He revealed why he decided to make the move.
“I picked the Raiders because they’re a historic franchise,” Witten said. “I felt like this was a young team that’s hungry, good guys. Coach [Jon] Gruden and his staff – I believe 100% in them. It’s a good fit for me and where I’m at in my career. So, I’m excited to join this team and all the young talent.”
Witten went viral the other day after the first pictures of him in a Raiders uniform were released. He’ll likely always be remembered as a Cowboy but many NFL legends end their careers on teams they weren’t drafted by.
Witten Hypes up Raiders TEs
Out of all the position groups on the Raiders’ roster, tight end is probably the strongest and it was really strong before Witten joined in. Darren Waller cemented himself as possibly the most exciting young tight end in the NFL and Foster Moreau proved to be a steal for the team.
“I’m really impressed with the tight end group. I think it starts with Darren Waller,” Witten said. “What an absolute freak guy he is. He’s athletic and talented and the future is extremely bright for him. He’s still extremely young at his position, so he can do it all. He can run, he can catch and he’s smart, and wants to be great.
“It transfers over to Foster [Moreau]. Going into his second year—I thought he had a really good rookie season. He loves football, he’s hungry and they’ve been sponges in the meeting room.”
Witten isn’t going to be the No. 1 target at tight end for the first time in his career. He was brought in to be more of a leader and mentor for the young guys. Considering his age, it should be a perfect role for him.
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Big Things to Come for Raiders
The Raiders have been bottom-feeders in the NFL for almost two decades now. They showed a lot of promise last season and put together a strong offseason. Some are still sleeping on the team but they have the tools to prove them wrong in 2020. With loads of young talent and a long-term commitment to Jon Gruden, the Raiders are set up for future success.
They had a brief return to relevance in 2016 when they went 12-4 but that success wasn’t sustained. With the decision to rely heavily on youth, the Raiders should be good for a long time. Witten knows this.
“The future is bright here in Las Vegas,” Witten said.