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Prescott, Lee to help fill Witten’s leadership role for Dallas

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Over the past few years, the Dallas Cowboys have seen some notable departures. First to go was DeMarcus Ware after the 2013 season. Then it was DeMarco Murray after the 2014 season. Tony Romo left after the 2016 season. In a span of less than a month of this offseason, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are gone.

Ware is the franchise leader in sacks. authentic nfl jerseys cheap Murray has the most rushing yards in a season by a Cowboys running back. Romo is the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. Bryant is the franchise leader in touchdown catches.

Witten is the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, games played, games started, consecutive games played, most catches in a game and even a few more.

The Cowboys missed Ware, Murray and Romo in the year after the separation. They will miss Bryant and Witten in 2018.73

For Witten, the departure cuts deeper because of what he meant as a leader. The standing ovation Witten’s former teammates gave him after his 16-minute retirement speech last week showed the weight Witten carried in the locker room. The stirring open letter from a number of teammates spoke to the bond he carried with most of what Cowboys coach Jason Garrett calls the leadership council.

Replacing Witten’s leadership is probably more important than replacing him on the field.

So who becomes that guy?

Dak Prescott immediately comes to mind. Just by the nature of the quarterback position,nfl jerseys for cheap Prescott already carries a leadership role. Since he took over from Romo in 2016 as a rookie, he has carried himself like a veteran, understanding the responsibilities.

A strong third season for Prescott is important for himself and the team. Next offseason is the first time the Cowboys can sign him to a long-term, mega-extension. If he excels the way he did as a rookie, Dallas has no choice but to sign him for the future. If he has a season similar to 2017, the Cowboys can opt to wait on a decision.

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