Jon Kitna Is Foolish Signing by Desperate Dallas Cowboys

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 24, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, and while they do need a backup quarterback in the event Tony Romo can't play, this is a signing that makes zero sense for the team.

After their exciting win over the Washington Redskins, things were looking good for the Cowboys.  Romo had just led the team to a fourth-quarter comeback, and they were a win away from the NFC East title and a spot in the playoffs.  However, news came out on Dec. 23 that Romo was out for the season with a back injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

But just one day later, the NFL: Around the League tweeted that Romo had received an epidural and the Cowboys were waiting to see how he responded before making a decision on whether or not he will play.

Still, in the event that Romo was unable to play, the Cowboys needed to find an emergency backup quarterback, because Kyle Orton was the only option on the active roster.  So, despite a number of other available quarterbacks, the Cowboys have reportedly decided to bring in Kitna, according to's Ian Rapoport.

Kitna played for the Cowboys from 2009 to 2011, but hasn't played a snap since.  According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the 41-year-old has spent the last two years as a high school math teacher and football coach at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash.

Yes, the Cowboys just signed a math teacher.

According to the same report from George, the Cowboys worked out the likes of David Carr, John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen and Caleb Hanie on Dec. 23, but didn't work out Kitna.  Considering he hasn't played in two years, this is certainly concerning.

Had Kitna been a good quarterback during his NFL career, this would have been a different story.  But looking at his career numbers below, there's not a ton to like.

Jon Kitna Career Stats

Now, Kitna is 41 years old and likely hasn't been working out preparing for another opportunity in the league.  Sure, he might know the playbook from his time in Dallas, but that was two years ago, and it's not like he'll be able to come in and remember everything heading into Sunday.

He may just be an emergency quarterback, but what if Romo can't play and Orton gets hurt against the Philadelphia Eagles?  The Cowboys wouldn't be expected to win regardless of who their third-string quarterback was, but at least a different guy could give them a fighting chance.

Honestly, the Cowboys probably would have been better off signing a player like Tim Tebow, and I would never say that under normal circumstances.

At the end of the day, this signing made very little sense, and unless there's another reason for the Cowboys signing Kitna other than having him as an emergency quarterback, the front office will likely continue to be criticized for bringing in Kitna.