Raiders sign Jeff Heath to 2-year deal near $8M

Ruben Hill
March 18, 2020

FRISCO, Texas - Jason Witten is joining the Las Vegas Raiders, sources told ESPN.

The newly-minted Las Vegas Raiders signed a trio of former Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, including tight-end Jason Witten.

Witten has spent his entire career as a cornerstone of the Cowboys organization. He is tied with Bob Lilly for the most Pro Bowl selections (11). Heath, who reportedly agreed to a two-deal that could pay him up to $8 million, is also expected to compete for a starting safety position.

Witten, of course, retired after the 2017 season for a brief and ill-fated stint as the Monday Night Football color commentator for ESPN. DE Maliek Collins and safety Jeff Heath will join him, and reunite with former DC Rod Marinelli on Jon Gruden's staff. He'll likely play a reduced role as a pass-catcher in Vegas, and will probably serve as more of a mentor for Darren Waller, the Raiders tight end who broke out previous year.

Heath had an impressive career rise with the Cowboys.

For those counting at home, that's now four starters from last year's Cowboys defense that will be in different locations: Byron Jones (MIA), Robert Quinn (CHI), Maliek Collins (LVR), and Jeff Heath (LVR). Over his career, Collins has started 55 games, and he's recorded 82 tackles and 14.5 sacks. Those aren't massive numbers, but they are strong for someone who plays on the inside. The team likes Johnathan Hankins and Maurice Hurst has looked good really good at times. However, this move could signal some trouble for P.J. Hall as he is likely to tumble down the depth chart with Collins now in the fold. The defensive line was a need for the Raiders and Collins should address that need very well.

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