Cowboys’ Jason Garrett tried to lure Jason Witten back from ‘Monday Night Football,’ per report

The Dallas Cowboys tried to get a familiar figure back in the fold to boost their offense, according to ESPN.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made "multiple attempts" this season to lure former tight end Jason Witten out of his "Monday Night Football" analyst gig to rejoin his former team, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

Witten, 36, retired from the league after last season. He spent all 15 years of his NFL career with the Cowboys and stands as the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards (12,448).

In 2017, Witten had the fewest catches (63) and receiving yards (560) since his rookie year. But the Cowboys have struggled to find consistent production from its replacement tight ends in the passing game. Geoff Swaim is the top target at the position with 26 catches for 242 yards and one touchdown.

The Cowboys rank 27th in passing offense but have been boosted by the arrival of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has recorded 30 catches for 425 yards and three touchdowns in the five games he has played since he was acquired in a trade from the Oakland Raiders.

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