Cowboys Pick Up Retired Kitna

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The Dallas Cowboys have taken a page from a previous chapter by re-signing veteran quarterback Jon Kitna.

The 41-year-old Kitna was signed on Wednesday by the Cowboys.  To make room on the roster for the Cowboys’ former backup quarterback, Dallas released wide receiver and kick returner Michael Spurlock, who had a 62-yard punt return Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Kitna last made an appearance for the Cowboys in week 10 of 2011, and retired at the end of the season after starting the previous nine games when Romo suffered a broken collarbone.  He has been teaching and coaching high school football in Tacoma, Washington.

Kitna will obviously not start the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, even with Tony Romo likely being out due to his back injury.  Instead, the Cowboys will look to the current backup quarterback, Kyle Orton.

The Cowboys had many quarterbacks work out for them on Tuesday, including David Carr, John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen ,Caleb Hanie and Richard Bartel.  But, instead of picking up one of those quarterbacks, the team elected to reach into their past and re-sign Kitna.

Kitna started 124 games with the Cowboys, Detriot Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, throwing for 29,745 yards with 169 touchdowns and 165 interceptions.

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