Cowboys seven-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten has signed a five-year contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Witten had two years and $8.032 million remaining on his current contract and, according to Schefter, the extension is worth $37 million and contains $19 million in guaranteed scratch. The $7.4 million average per season on the extension makes Witten the highest-paid tight end in league history, surpassing the $7.35 million average on Vernon Davis’ extension with the 49ers that was signed a year ago today.
The 29-year-old tight end from Tennessee has received 617 passes for 6,967 yards and 36 scores during his eight-year pro tenure, earning Pro Bowl honors after each of the last seven campaigns. Witten has topped 90 receptions and 1,000 yards in three of the last four seasons.
Last season, the former Volunteer still hauled in 94 passes for 1,002 yards and a career-high nine trips to pay dirt. Witten was named first-team All-Pro (five overall selections; four straight) for the second time in 2010.
The Tennessee product, who was drafted 69th overall in the 3rd round of 2003, ranked 36 on NFL Network’s NFL Top 100 Players of 2011.