Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Trade Center: NFL

The Deal: The Detroit Lions send QB Jon Kitna to the Dallas Cowboys for CB Anthony Henry

Lions: If you are an 0-16 team and you can get any value for your back-up quarterback then you are doing a good job. The Lions didn't need Kitna anymore as they now have Daunte Culpepper as a veteran quarterback. They will likely address the position in the draft or by bringing in a young quarterback as well. In return they got a pretty good player in Henry who had 6 interceptions in 2007. Henry should be more of a nickle corner at this point in his career and is big enough to slide over to free safety.

Cowboys: If you watched any of the Cowboys games last year when Tony Romo was hurt you can understand why the Cowboys wanted to upgrade their quarterback position. Kitna, who has put together a pretty decent NFL career, will now replace Brad Johnson as Romo's stand in. He will be a nice luxury for Dallas in case Romo misses any games next year. The Cowboys did give up a fair amount for Kitna in Anthony Henry. Henry is far from a shut down corner, but he can be a valuable third corner or even a starting free safety. Cornerback wasn't a position of strength for the Dallas to begin with and is now extremely thin.

Winner: The Lions are a slight winner here. Both teams filled a need but the Cowboys paid a hefty price for a player they hope will never see the field.

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