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2/28/2009

Update: Kitna traded to Dallas

A league source told me moments ago that the proposed trade of Jon Kitna to Dallas for "late picks" has not been completed yet but "it looks like it's potentially heading in that direction."

Kitna started 36 games in Detroit over three seasons until he was sent to injured reserve last year with back problems after clashing with coaches. He was due a $1-million roster bonus next week and the Lions intended to cut him if they couldn't swing a trade. Daunte Culpepper will enter the season as starter.

No word on the exact compensation yet. The website NationalFootballPost.com is reporting the "late picks" part, and my league source said the deal could be finalized today.

Along with Culpeper, Drew Stanton and Drew Henson will compete for a job in training camp and the Lions are likely to sign a veteran as insurance for Culpepper (and maybe compete for the starting spot) and probably draft a quarterback, too.

Update: Lions spokesperson Bill Keenist has just confirmed the deal is official.

Update II: The Dallas Morning News is reporting the trade is Kitna for defensive back Anthony Henry, with no draft picks involved. The Cowboys have confirmed that deal, the paper reported.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

could this open the door for sexy rexy to sign with us now?

3:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's some fools on PFT talking CJ to Jax trade.


is there any thing coming out of Allen Park that indicates the Lions would explore trading their best player?


is CJ buying into the plan here, or could he have demanded out?

3:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not seeing anything about CJ dude.

Lions signed Bryant Johnson to a deal.

4:03 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I feel pretty confident in saying the Lions will not, under any circumstances, be trading Calvin Johnson. But to answer your question, no, I haven't a single rumbling to the sort either of them looking to deal him or him wanting out.

4:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will personally walk my ass to detroit from seattle and blow up ford field if there's even a hint of CJ being traded.

4:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the possibility of Shaun Rogers coming back? Terry Foster is floating that theory around.

4:15 PM 
Anonymous Freebird22 said...

The trade of Kitna may include DB Anthony Henry, who is on the last year of a deal he signed in 2005.

http://www.truebluefanclub.com/blogs/writers_block.cfm

Henry will get a five-year, $25 million deal. The fourth-year veteran will bank a $10 million signing bonus, a $1 million roster bonus in 2005 and a $1 million roster bonus in 2006. He will be paid $18 million over the first three years of his contract.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2003511

There's been suggestions that Henry's base salary for 2009 is $2.6 Million, which is backup CB money and about the same $$ the Lions paid Keith Smith and Dwight Smith one year ago.

4:36 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be surprised at more rumors of Cutler to Detroit. If Mayhew pulled that off, how much respect would that get him?

4:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm already impressed with maywand at this point. if we managed to snag a CB AND a pick or 2 in exchange for kitna, i'll be VERY impressed.

4:58 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

No picks, just Henry according to the Dallas Morning News (and confirmed by the Cowboys). And yes, if Mayhew could pull off a Cutler trade that would give him tons of cred. But now he doesn't (and didn't before) have a QB to offer in return. I can't see Denver doing it without a worthwhile option to step in immediately for Cutler. And before you say Stafford, the knocks on the two are the same thing.

One thing to keep in mind here, by trading for Cassel, the Chiefs are out of the mix for a quarterback high in the draft. That means Stafford falls if the Lions don't take him at No. 1, and potentially Sanchez does, too. Maybe Sanchez dips all the way to 20. Just thinking out loud.

5:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^that's i'm thinking too.

if stafford falls to 15-20, do we move up and take him if we can't get cutler?

5:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave-
New regiem in Denver very well might want their own QB. It' going on w/Browns, Jets and Chiefs. Maybe Broncos, too? They may just deal for our #20 pick.

What about thoughts on Big Baby?

5:27 PM 

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