Jerry Jones told me on Thursday during an interview that bringing in a capable backup quarterback for Tony Romo was a huge priority this offseason. Two days into the NFL's free agent frenzy, Jerrah stuck to his word, pulling off a trade with the Detroit Lions.
The deal sends cornerback Anthony Henry to the Lions for quarterback Jon Kitna. Kitna has a strong arm, and has been a statiscal machine in recent years. Last year, he ended up on injured reserve in October. I think it's a good move bringing in a guy like Kita who clearly has more football to play. And if anything, it may create a little competition for Romo during mini-camps and training camp. One of Kitna's strengths is throwing the deep ball, which could make for some exciting passing drills between the two QB's.
As far as Henry's concerned losing a guy who started all 16-games at CB would normally hurt a team. But, Henry didn't have the greatest season. And rookies Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins showed they were capable players. The pressure is on them now, with the departure of Adam "Pacman" Jones and Henry. It also remains to be seen if Terence Newman can stay healthy.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Cowboys make a run at another corner in free-agency or the draft. Unfortunately, the price tag for a free-agent corner is a lot more than what the Cowboys want to spend. Overall though, I think this was a solid deal for Dallas.
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