Jason Witten might catch a big break if he decides to retire from the NFL.

FOX is considering hiring the Dallas Cowboys tight end as an analyst for its “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts, Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy reported Sunday, citing sources.

FOX’s pursuit of Witten reportedly depends on whether he retires this offseason and if Peyton Manning declines a potentially lucrative offer to work “TNF” broadcasts. Witten apparently is considered FOX’s Plan B if it can’t land Manning amid competition from ESPN and the former quarterback’s other post-NFL options.

FOX executives reportedly believe Whitten, 35, might have the same broadcasting impact as his former teammate and roommate Tony Romo, whose first season as a CBS analyst was successful. FOX also believes Witten’s popularity among the Cowboys’ national fan base will attract viewers.

Witten caught 63 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns last season and remains a key component in the Cowboys’ offense. Given what he told The Dallas Morning News’ Kate Hairopoulos in December, the retirement talk seems premature.

Nevertheless, things can change quickly in the NFL, and Witten might become a target in a different sense if he decides against playing a 16th pro football season.

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