11-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten claims he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders because he thinks they are a historic franchise and he believes he will fit in well into the team's scheme. Many believed that Witten, a 17-year NFL veteran, would spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys but the experienced tight end changed his team for the first time in his career this offseason.
"It does feel weird to be in new colors," Witten joked, as quoted on the Raiders website. "I picked the Raiders because they're a historic franchise. I felt like this was a young team that's hungry, good guys.
Coach Gruden and his staff — I believe 100 percent in them. It's a good fit for me and where I'm at in my career. So, I'm excited to join this team and all the young talent." The Raiders relocated from Oakland to Las Vegas this offseason and now the franchise is aiming to build a successful team and bring titles to Sin City.
"This is a new opportunity," Witten said. "This franchise has a great history and I think it's a hungry team with an exciting future. I'm just honored and humbled to be a part of it."
Witten sees potential in Raiders' tight end corp
Witten is already one of the best tight ends to have ever played and he will surely enter the Hall of Fame once his career finishes.
Raiders have promising tight ends in the likes of Darren Waller and Foster Moreau and they could benefit massively from having a chance to learn from Witten. "I'm really impressed with the tight end group. I think it starts with Darren Waller," Witten said.
"What an absolute freak guy he is. He's athletic and talented and the future is extremely bright for him. He's still extremely young at his position, so he can do it all. He can run, he can catch and he's smart, and wants to be great.
"It transfers over to Foster [Moreau]. Going into his second year — I thought he had a really good rookie season. He loves football, he's hungry and they've been sponges in the meeting room." Witten knows his best days are behind him but he believes he can still be a valuable asset and he predicts a bright future for the Raiders. "The future is bright here in Las Vegas," Witten added.