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January 12, 2012

As expected, backup QB Jon Kitna will retire

Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna has informed the team he will retire, a move that was expected after he went on injured reserve Dec. 14 with a back injury. Kitna did not return phone call or email messages.

Kitna, 39, had considered retirement before the 2011 season. Instead, he returned to Dallas without his family, who stayed at their off-season home in Washington.

He played for four teams in 15 seasons and was 50-74 in 124 career starts. Kitna passed for 29,745 yards and 169 touchdowns with 165 interceptions. He ended the 2010 season injured, too, after an abdominal injury kept him out of the regular-season finale. Kitna was 4-5 in nine starts in place of starter Tony Romo last season after Romo broke his left clavicle.

Kitna's departure leaves Stephen McGee as the team's backup quarterback behind Romo. McGee, a former fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M, has seen signifcant regular-season action in three games. That includes the Dec. 24 loss to the Eagles when Romo injured his throwing hand on the team's fourth play from scrimmage. McGee is 46-for-82 for 420 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in his career.

The Cowboys could sign a veteran quarterback, or they could draft one. Among the free-agent quarterbacks who could be signed as a backup include: Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, David Carr, Charlie Batch, Vince Young, Derek Anderson, Rex Grossman and Brady Quinn.

-- Charean Williams

 

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Lol John Q, this days NFL might have a few studs but it pretty drained for talent otherwise in the QB department. The Cowboys would be lucky to have a backup as good as Campbell, in a league where he is starter material for some teams. But I guess if you aren't Manning, Brees, Rodgers or Brady league you are garbage not worth having as a backup.

I also to hope that the cowboys go through the draft to get a QB but if they decided to go after any of the above I hope its Jason Campbell.The reason why he was playing some real good football until he got hurt.He had won 4 or 5 games stright and then he got hurt.At least we will have a backup that can play,because McGee can't get the job done as we all found out.

Jon is a Washington home grown good guy who went to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wa. I always liked him and thought he had great potential. I also thought it was a mistake for the Seahawks to let him go. I was right. Come on home, Jon. We have missed you.

6 or 7 years ago I watched Jon Kinta throw footballs for two hours straight on a Florida beach to a couple dozen young kids who kept lining up to catch his perfectly thrown and generously catchable balls. He never said no--a very class act.

i hope the cowboys draft a qb to groom for the future instead of having the band-aid approach by signing those cast-offs, there is a reason why they are free-agents.

Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, David Carr, Charlie Batch, Vince Young, Derek Anderson, Rex Grossman and Brady Quinn..JJ if you sign any of these losers you're a bigger fool than everyone thinks.

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