ALLEN PARK - Quarterback Jon Kitna has agreed to terms on what is believed to be a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Kitna was generally accepted as one of the top quarterbacks available in free agency.
According to the Bengals official web site, the deal is worth $10.5 million and included a $3.5 million bonus.
Kitna, 32, is a nine year veteran out of Central Washington who is coming to his third team in his career. He originally was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks but did not work well in coach Mike Holmgren's west coast offense. Upon becoming a free agent, Kitna prayed over the matter before moving to the Cincinnati Bengals.
He threw for 3,591 yards in 2003, completing 62% of his passes with 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions compiling a 87.4 passer rating. But Cincinnati turned to Carson Palmer, its first round pick from the previous season, to take the reigns.
Kitna had to choose between the New York Jets and the Lions and made the right decision in choosing Detroit, rather than challenging Chad Pennington in New York. Pennington has put up numbers in his career that Harrington has never approached.
After his visit here in Detroit earlier this week, Kitna was excited about the opportunity here in Detroit.
"I love Coach Marinelli. I've always had a pretty good relation with Matt Millen. I spent a lot of time with Coach Martz, going over the offense. They want somebody in here who can bring some leadership to the team and character and competitiveness and toughness and things. They thought I fit that mode," Kitna told the Detroit News.
IN THE FOLD: The Lions also re-signed defensive end Kalimba Edwards, inking the four-year player to a five-year, $20 million that included a reported $8 million in guaranteed money. Edwards had considered signing with the Cleveland Browns, the the two sides could not come to terms by Monday evening -- the Browns deadline. Detroit also re-signed Eddie Drummond to a five-year deal with terms undisclosed.
ON DECK: Detroit is reportedly visiting today with 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson. If so, Peterson, who has met with a cool market after suffering an achilles injury could move into the weakside linebacker position that he excelled in at Michigan State.
RUMOR MILL: A hot rumor making the rounds is that Detroit is planning to pull a draft day surprise and draft Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler with the 9th overall pick. The rumor says that if Martz feels that Kitna can get the Lions through the season, they would draft Cutler and release Harrington and pocket the nearly $10 million in cap savings.