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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys waves to fans as he leaves the field after the win against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten reveals the reason he left Dallas for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Football fans have been used to seeing tight end Jason Witten wearing the Dallas Cowboys star on his helmet. He was a member of the Cowboys since he was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and was brought out of semi-retirement by team owner Jerry Jones last year. But now, he’s a member of the Las Vegas Raiders.

During a video conference with the media on Monday, Witten explained why he chose to sign on with Jon Gruden and the Raiders for the 2020 season, saying it had to do with the Cowboys switching over to a new coaching staff.

“Yeah, I mean there was talks of that,” Witten said, via the Raiders Twitter broadcast. “I mean, I think anytime you have a coaching change and a new program being built, that’s part of this business. Obviously, I had a great relationship over 16, 17 years there with the Jones family. Very honest and very upfront. Of course, with Mike [McCarthy], look, that’s a talented team. But this was a unique opportunity for me as well to come here. I’m invigorated by this challenge, where I am in my career. It made a lot of sense from the fit and the role and the presence that I could have. I didn’t really overthink it. Just a great opportunity to go in there and compete. I’m very fortunate for that. I’ll challenge myself to play at a high level, even where my age is. It’s been a lot of fun for me.”

A changing of the guard led to Witten joining the Raiders

As Witten mentions, the Cowboys were heading in a new direction Head coach Jason Garrett was let go earlier this year, and the Jones family hired former Green Bay Packers sideline boss Mike McCarthy. Once a new head coach is hired, they want to bring in their own players that they feel fit their scheme. Witten wasn’t surprised, he saw it coming.

During his 16 seasons with the Cowboys, Witten tallied 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 touchdowns.

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After testing the open waters, the Raiders gave Witten a one -year, $4 million contract offer, which was one he couldn’t refuse. Witten won’t be the team’s immediate starter like he was in Dallas, as he’ll be a rotational option behind Darren Waller, who broke out as a top target for quarterback Derek Carr last season.

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The writing was on the wall for Witten in Dallas, but he’s happy that the Raiders were so interested in his services. Hence why he’s wearing the signature black and silver for the 2020 season.

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Seahawks Sign Former Browns Starting Safety Ex-Bama Sack Specialist

Getty The Seahawks signed safety Damarious Randall.

The Seattle Seahawks hinted there would be roster moves coming when the team opened up two roster spots. Seattle announced they have signed safety Damarious Randall and linebacker Tim Williams. Both players will start out on the practice squad with the potential to be moved up to the active roster. The move came less than 24 hours after Randall and Williams were part of a group of free agents that met with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks also moved up cornerback Ryan Neal and linebacker Shaquem Griffin to the active roster in order to open up two practice squad positions. Neal had the game-saving interception at the end of the Seahawks-Cowboys game, while Griffin was a key factor both in coverage and the pass rush in the finale minutes of the game.

Randall played his first three seasons with the Packers where he spent the majority of his time as one of their starting cornerbacks. He spent the last two seasons in Cleveland where he split time starting at both safety positions. The Seahawks are dealing with injuries in the secondary to a number of key players including Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar. Both players’ availability is in doubt against the Dolphins this week.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock Had Randall Ranked as His Top Safety

The Raiders signed Randall during free agency but released him prior to the start of the season. Randall had been linked to the Seahawks this offseason prior to signing with the Raiders. After the Raiders added Randall, Las Vegas general manager Mike Mayock admitted he had him ranked as his top free safety when he was a draft analyst at NFL Network.

“When I was back in television, doing the draft rankings and everything, I had [Damarious Randall] ranked as the No. 1 free safety coming out of college football that year,” Mayock told ESPN Las Vegas, per “He had played a lot of corner and people were split on where he should play in the NFL. When I called him for the first time in the offseason about signing him as a free agent, the first thing I did was remind him to go check my old college ranking and see where I had him. He started laughing and said, ‘Mayock I know exactly where you had me, that’s why we’re on the phone right now.'”

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