The Cowboys won’t be looking for a starting tight end anytime soon, because veteran Jason Witten is signed through 2017.

Witten recovered from a lacerated spleen in the preseason to post one of the best years of his career in 2012.

Despite catching only eight passes over the first three games, Witten finished another Pro Bowl season with 110 receptions, an NFL record for tight ends. Witten dropped six passes over the first three games and didn’t drop a pass after that.

The Cowboys probably will need to add a tight end this off-season, because John Phillips is an unrestricted free agent.

By the end of last season, rookie James Hanna had overtaken Phillips on the Cowboys’ tight end depth chart.

Hanna, an Oklahoma product from Flower Mound, had only one catch in the Cowboys’ first 12 games. But he had seven receptions over the last four games, including three in the season finale at Washington.

Because of Hanna’s late-season surge, the Cowboys aren’t likely to re-sign Phillips.

The Cowboys promoted Wes Phillips from assistant offensive line coach to tight ends coach last month. Phillips replaces John Garrett, who left to coach Tampa Bay’s receivers.

Phillips, the son of former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, is a former high school and college quarterback who is well-versed in coach Jason Garrett’s offense, having spent the last six seasons coaching alongside him.