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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten says he'll return in 2018.

Jason Witten makes decision on his future with Dallas Cowboys

Ryan Wooden

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is admittedly in the twilight of his career, so Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks eliminating them from the postseason was undoubtedly hard to swallow, but that didn’t stop him from making a relatively immediate decision about his future.

“It’s hard,” Witten said according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “You put everything you got into it, for a long time, man. It’s a game. It is. But you go let them see Santa Claus tomorrow. I got a great family.

“I got a great support system. The next half hour, just take a few deep breaths, try to process it and enjoy the moment, devour the strawberries, so to speak. I wish I could tell you that it would be easy. Having a good wife helps. I’ve been fortunate.

“I’ve lived the dream here for the last 15 years with this organization. Great ownership, great coaches and great opportunity. Disappointed that we couldn’t get it done this year.”

Despite all that, his current plan is to keep playing.

“I see too much positive,” Witten said. “I really do. I feel too good to think that would end, so my intentions are to keep playing.”

Witten will conclude his 15th season next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the 35-year-old remains under contract through 2021. So he could theoretically play for four more seasons, though a Cowboys championship would be the ideal send-off for the future Hall of Fame candidate. A year at a time is probably best, but at least it looks like he plans on being around for 2018.