Mortensen is reporting that long-time Cowboys’ tight end (and noted Giant killer) Jason Witten could be joining Garrett in New York.
With no on-field coaching spot on Mike McCarthy's @dallascowboys staff, sources say Jason Witten hasn't ruled out playing in '20, and not to rule out reunion w new @Giants OC Jason Garrett. Of Witten's 16 games, his most productive game was vs. Giants.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 19, 2020
The Giants have an opening for a new tight ends coach with Lunda Wells being hired by Mike McCarthy in Dallas. Witten certainly has experience at the position and could be a great teacher for Evan Engram and Kaden Smith, particularly in the finer points of route running and dissecting coverages. Witten has never been a good athlete and has consistently had to rely on his route running savvy and football IQ over the last several years.
...Except Mortensen’s report sure makes it sound as though Witten wants to play, not coach.
The Giants have invested heavily in having veteran mentors for their young players. While the concept is sound, particularly as the current roster doesn’t have much in the way of a veteran core in its prime, the execution has been lacking. Players like Jonathan Stewart, Connor Barwin, William Gay, and Antoine Bethea were signed for their experience but didn’t seem to pay dividends on the field.
Could the Giants really sign a 38-year-old Witten?