Cowboys make Kitna signing official, cut Micheal Spurlock

AP

Jon Kitna is officially back in the NFL.

The Cowboys announced the move to bring back their former backup quarterback on Wednesday, leaving them with a veteran behind Kyle Orton should Orton start on Sunday night against the Eagles. The team is still hopeful that Tony Romo will be able to play after receiving an epidural injection in his injured back, but needed a third quarterback to cover themselves in case he can’t go.

The 41-year-old Kitna has been out of the NFL since 2011, when he served as Romo’s backup. The Cowboys did not work Kitna out before signing him, choosing to pluck him directly from his teaching and coaching role at a high school in Tacoma. They worked out John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen, David Carr and Richard Bartel on Tuesday before opting for a familiar face.

Returner Micheal Spurlock was cut to make room for Kitna on the active roster. Spurlock helped spur the Cowboys to an early lead last week with a 62-yard punt return inside the Washington 5-yard line that set up a DeMarco Murray’s touchdown.

42 responses to “Cowboys make Kitna signing official, cut Micheal Spurlock

  1. hmmm…couldn’t have picked anyone else? Not saying the guy’s golden but he did gain quite a few “what have you done for me lately” points last week.

  2. Strong tactical move, IMO. They rolled the dice on having just two quarterbacks on the roster, and Romo got hurt at exactly the worst time.

    Now, in a game that will seal their playoff fate, they need a quarterback who knows the offense and can be plugged-in immediately if Orton gets injured. Guys like David Carr and Tyler Thigpen aren’t going to learn the entire Cowboys playbook in 4 days. For Kitna, all he’s got to do is pick up a copy of the playbook and spend an evening studying and he’ll be ready to go.

    For the concerns about his age – it was just a few years ago when Kitna threw for 2,500 yards and 16 scores in 9 starts with an 88.9 QB rating. He’s a good option to bring in under these circumstances.

  3. I don’t follow the Cowboys; so was Spurlock on the team for the entire year? If so, man that’s rough. Give it everything you got for an entire year to be fired on Christmas.

    You got to believe any team that does that to one of their own on Jesus’s birthday is setting themselves up for disaster. Better just close the roof Jerry, He won’t be watching your game on Sunday.

  4. Another great GM move by Jerry. If you only have 2 QBs on the roster, you should at least have 1 on the practice squad that knows the offense. If Orton goes down, they are done.

  5. They probably told Spurlock that its only for this game (assuming they don’t win and make the playoffs). Its strange though that they cut the guy who is as responsible as anyone for them winning that game against the Redskins. The good news for Spurlock is that he’s a free agent and his stock just went up after that long punt return.

  6. Tough Xmas for the kick returner. Interesting choice in Kitna. I wonder, if he hasn’t been throwing regularly, just how stiff his arm will be after his first practice and will it render him too sore to throw in a game situation? He has had a very long layoff. On the other hand, as a fellow teacher, I am enjoying a two week vacation. It is more than possible that JK will not need to apply for a leave if Dallas doesn’t win the game! He then returns to his position seamlessly and richer, a hero to his pupils…not a bad vacation all in all

  7. Dear Mr Jones:

    When people suggested signing Kitna in all the other related posts — THEY WERE KIDDING!!!

    Sincerely,

    Sobriety, Lucidity & Brains, Esq

  8. The Eagles just need to not pay any attention to the smoke and mirrors Dallas is trying to create with this Romo injury. They need to prepare for Orton the same way they’d prepare for Romo. There’s no real difference between them other than Romo is more mobile and can extend plays. The Eagles need to put pressure on Orton and make him show his rust. If they give him time to throw, he can beat them. I’m sure that the Eagles coaching staff knows all of this and is pounding it into their defense’s heads. This is a game that the Eagles should win if they go into it with the right mindset.

  9. Unless the Cowboys offense is essentially the same when Kitna was there last, Kitna is doomed to fail if he has to play.

    This move reeks of Jones fear of finding another QB who could play well in Romo’s absence. Looks like Jones would rather lose any chance of beating the Eagles and gaining a playoff berth instead of facing the chances that Skelton, Carr, Bartel, or another QB might have some success while Romo is gone and Orton struggles.

    Cowboy fans, your GM and owner has sold you and the rest of the team out.

  10. What a great deal for Kitna. He’ll make a real nice chunk of change for very little work and he won’t even miss a day of his teaching job as he will be home before Christmas break ends.

  11. What does this say about the guys who tried out?
    Thanks for coming out guys, but we’re going to go with the 41 year old retired guy who we have to go pull out of the class room. lol.

    Hey Mr. Kitna, what did you do during Christmas break?

    Oh not much, just went and played Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

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