Combine coverage: Schwartz on Kitna
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said no decision has been made on whether to pay Jon Kitna the $1-million bonus he's due next month, but he also said the veteran quarterback is expected to be around to take part in the team's offseason program.
You guys keep on putting the cart before the horse, Schwartz said at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday. You're wanting to know if we promised the starting position to (Dante) Culpepper. From my standpoint it's like, jeez, could anything be a worse decision then promising a player that I've never seen practice, that I have no sort of relationship, promising somebody a starting position? We need guys to compete.
Asked if he'd be willing to pay Kitna's bonus, due the fifth day of the league year, in order to keep Kitna in the quarterback mix, Schwartz said, Yeah. Let's put it this way: I'd like to keep as many options open as we could.