Chris Mortensen’s report Friday that Jason Witten is retiring — or considering retirement — took most by surprise. But his good friend and former quarterback Tony Romo had a “pretty good idea of it.”
“We talk all the time,” Romo said, via Mark Lane of DFW’s WFAA.
There are only four lead NFL analyst jobs, and Romo and Troy Aikman have two of those. Witten could join the former Cowboys quarterbacks and Cris Collinsworth in a lead role, though he reportedly has multiple offers.
He has starter ability in this league, clearly, head coach Mike McCarthy said, per Zach Kruse of Packers Wire. In my opinion, if he was in that class this year, he would have been part of the first five quarterbacks, the first-round guys. He has exceptional arm talent.
Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, so if the Packers only keep two quarterbacks, Hundley seems like the odd man out. However, he has plenty of talent for a backup, so some team would jump on him and his $760,000 salary.
Howard spent 2017 with the Baltimore Ravens, where he started all 16 games. He has also spent time with Oakland (2014-2016) and the Jets (2011-2013). The 31-year-old Northern Iowa grad was signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2010 and saw action in four games during his rookie season.
Two years ago, tight end Ryan Griffin had a breakout year for the Houston Texans, catching 50 passes for 442 yards and two touchdowns. Houston subsequently inked him to a three-year, $9 million deal.
In the first year of that new contract, Griffin wasn’t as nearly as productive. He appeared in seven games and had caught only 13 passes before a concussion prematurely ended his season. In Griffin’s absence, Stephen Anderson increased his own value with 342 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Anderson isn’t the only player Griffin will have to compete with this offseason. Houston also has MyCole Pruitt, rookie third-round pick Jordan Akins and rookie sixth-round pick Jordan Thomas on its roster.