After a Surprisingly Good Season, Jon Kitna is Done in Dallas. Sorta.

Categories: Dallas Cowboys

On the short list of Dallas Cowboys' highlights this season: Dez Bryant. Mat McBriar. And, yes, Jon Kitna.

After not playing a single snap in 2009, there were concerns about Tony Romo's 39-year-old backup. We all remember the disaster that was Brad Johnson. But after being pressed into duty after Romo's October 25 injury, Kitna proved more than capable.

He is productive, with 16 touchdown passes in his 10 games. He is gutsy, actually with a better yards-per-carry (4.7) than Felix Jones (4.3), Tashard Choice (3.7) and Marion Barber (3.3). He is, turns out, one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

He is ... gone?

Most likely not, as he has three years remaining on a contract he signed in January 2009, is scheduled to make $2.6 million next season and has said nothing but nice things about his time in Dallas.

But if he's back next season for the Cowboys it'll be different, because his family won't be here with him.

Friend of a friend of a friend has kids that go to private school with Kitna's three kids. Just after Christmas my buddy's family was invited to a party by the Kitnas. A going-away party. Kitna's kids weren't back in school when the semester started this week and yesterday moving trucks were at his house in Southlake.

What gives?

Simply put, the Kitnas are moving to Seattle. Jon was born in Tacoma, played at Central Washington and has told people close to him that he has a coaching job waiting for him. Apparently the family has built a house there and Jon and his wife Jennifer have plans to teach school when he retires.

Maybe Kitna's been planning for the lockout all along. Maybe he never intended to play past 40 or in a 15th NFL season. Maybe the Cowboys will need a new No. 2 quarterback in 2011.

Or, maybe it's no biggie for him to play a season 2,000 miles from his family.


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lordMaul2112
lordMaul2112

My real estate agents cousins boyfriend said George Seifert bought Kitna's house in Southlake.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

If he ends his career, good for him and his family. Leaving that money on the table to hold a clipboard for two more years tells you something about the guy.

Oldobbie
Oldobbie

All we need is Steven Magee anyway!

Guest
Guest

You know who else is done in Dallas? I'll give you a hint. The person most responsible for the Rangers making the World Series last year.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Kitna had a good year, and he will be missed when he leaves, but McGee has shown he's ready to become the #2 whenever that time finally comes.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

He is a known man of god, and if he feels fulfilled in his NFL life after this past season then like Kurt Warner he will go out on his terms. He played well, showed the NFL that he still had it and he wasnt as bad as the Lions made him look and that he is a leader. Now he has a great story to tell his students when he goes to teach. Lets all be happy for Kitna and it wont hurt too bad, Mcgee played allright in his small chance

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

You rode our coattails to the playoffs you F-head. You came in after we were up 10 games in the division, got lit up by Baltimore in your first appearance and ptiched rather blah until the playoffs. Ill give you credit for game 5 against Tampa, but it most certainly wast you that was soley responsible for that WS run. Now im sure we are glad you were scared to be the #1 here so enjoy your #3 spot in Philly

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

WTW? He's ready? He couldn't move the ball on the Eagles 3rd string in a game that meant nothing to them. If Demarcus Ware doesn't pick up a fumble and run it for a TD, they lose. OMG, you're about as right on as the people that think VY would beat out Romo for a job. Hell, I'd take VY over McGee at this point.

Reality Check
Reality Check

50% completion rate at 5.4 Yards/Attempt over two games ain't doing it for me buddy. Perhaps we better disclose some alliances here?

Guest
Guest

I didn't say soley dumbass, i said most responsible. And damn right you should give me credit for the game 5 against Tampa...w/o me in that game, the Rangers would still be the only major league franchise to have never won a playoff series. Enjoy Beltre and enjoy the new scoreboard.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Stop feeding the trolls. Let his bit die like the entertainment value of any segment Sybil's mic gets turned on during.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Not based on any alliances (though my Dad did go to A&M) - I just liked how he kept his composure and put the team in position to win at the end of the game (even though they only actually won one of the two). He's definitely far from perfect (and even far from Kitna), but he seems to have more promise than a mere project. He's shown that he could develop into a long-term viable backup in this league.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Enjoy the Touchdown Brothers and Snooki.

Come up with any good recipes for all those dead birds faling from the sky over in your neck of the woods? If you'd have stayed with the Rangers, I'm sure Nolan would have had plenty of them to share with you. Maybe you could send a shipment of those bird carcasses to Wash at his shanty on the shores of Mark Holtz Lake.

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