The loss on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers was hard for Witten to accept.
It ended his 14th season in the NFL, the 14th without a trip to the Super Bowl and the 12th without a playoff win. He has never advanced to the NFC Championship game.
"I haven't really thought about it," Witten said. "Every year when I'm empty at this point it's just you gave everything you got and I'll take time to reflect on it. I love this team and this group of guys and so yeah that will be the plan for sure."
Witen has one year left on his deal with a $7.4 million base salary for 2017.
There is no question he still can play at a high level. Witten caught 69 passes for 673 yards and three touchdowns in 2016. He followed with a strong effort in the loss to the Packers, catching six passes for 59 yards and his first career postseason touchdown.
If Witten does come back, he will likely do so without best friend and longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who lost his starting job to Prescott and will likely play somewhere else in 2017.