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Dallas Cowboys Give TE Jason Witten Five-Year Contract Extension

The Cowboys have given TE Jason Witten a five-year, $37 million extension that will keep him in Dallas through the 2017 season.

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The Dallas Cowboys front office hasn't been sleeping in the lead up to the start of the 2011 NFL season. A day after giving defensive lineman Jay Ratliff a five-year extension, the Cowboys have done the same for tight end Jason Witten.

The Cowboys official site announced that Witten signed a five-year, $37 million extension with the team. The deal includes $19 million in guaranteed money.

He had two years remaining on his current deal (as did Ratliff, interestingly enough) so this keeps him in Big D for another seven seasons. 

Witten commented on the extension via Twitter Sunday morning just hours before the Cowboys Sunday night game against the New York Jets.

"I am blessed to say that I will retired a cowboy! Thx to the jones family and all the cowboys staff! True honor to put on the star!! #gameday."

Witten is one of the best tight ends in the game and has bene a safety net for Cowboys quarterbacks since the Cowboys drafted him in the third round of the 2003 draft.