Antonio Gates paid; Jason Witten next?

July, 30, 2010
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SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Witten is no longer on his rookie contract. In fact, Witten will get paid $3.141 million this season, which includes a $500,000 roster bonus.

However, you notice that San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates just inked a five-year extension worth $36.175 million with $20.4 million guaranteed. Gates is the highest-paid tight end in the game.

Witten is owed $11.673 million by the Cowboys on a contract that ends after the 2012 season.

It's interesting what the Cowboys might do here given how Gates is two years older than Witten.

Should the Cowboys give Witten a third contract? If so, for how much?

It's obvious Martellus Bennett has the potential to be something special, yet hasn't produced enough on the field to do so.

In order these are the Cowbosy who will get some new contracts: 1. Miles Austin, 2. Gerald Sensabaugh, 3. Jay Ratliff, 4. Witten, 5. Mike Jenkins.

Now the new collective bargaining agreement will dictate just how much guys like Ratliff, Witten and Jekins will get in the future. Anthony Spencer, another budding young star, has a chance to make some money in his second contract.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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