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2/28/2009

Report: Kitna traded to Dallas

Busy day here in Detroit. First the Lions sign a couple of middle-tier free agents, then they miss out on Matt Cassel, now it appears they've traded quarterback Jon Kitna to Dallas for a couple "late picks."

The National Football Post is reporting the deal. Lions spokesperson Bill Keenist said the team has "nothing to confirm" at this point, and I haven't got any calls back from anyone in the organization or Kitna's agent, Mike Moye.

The Lions were trying to trade Kitna before his $1-million bonus was due next week, when they would have cut him without a deal. Perhaps the Cassel trade forced Dallas' hand. The Cowboys were looking for a veteran backup for Tony Romo, and it's possible the Patriots would have wanted insurance in case anything went wrong with Tom Brady before the season.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

works for me, good riddance.

now if we can start going after a few of the 'big' dogs like olshansky, washington, greer, and/or clayton, i'll be even more happy in the pants.

3:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel have apparently been acquired by the Chiefs for their second-round (34th overall) pick... WTF? If the price for Cassel was that low, how could the Lions not have been in the mix? Would the 20th pick in the first round have gotten it done, or is there more to it?

3:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

guarantee you there's more to the deal than that. it'll prolly be revealed in the next few days after it's been finalized.

3:40 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Adam Schefter is reporting on NFL.com that the Lions tried to swing a three-way deal, acquiring Cassel from New England and sending him to Denver as part of a deal for Jay Cutler. New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has obvious ties to Cassel and I know some in Denver were frustrated by Cutler's inconsistency, but he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the game to me.

I'm also scratching my head - and trying to find out - why the Lions wouldn't have deal their second-rounder straight up for Cassel. Belichick has ties to Schwartz just like he does Pioli, and you would think moving up two more places would have been a better deal. If not, I would have thrown in some other compensation, too (Kitna? an extra pick?). I'd personally prefer Cassel as my QB to Daunte Culpepper, and it seems the Chiefs got a steal.

3:50 PM 

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