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QB Chain Reaction: Kitna Signs with Lions

That was fast. The chain reaction set off by the Culpepper and Brees signings is underway.

John Clayton (2:50 PM ET) reports,

Jon Kitna made the first move Tuesday for what will be a busy day for NFL quarterbacks by agreeing to a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Terms of the four-year contract weren’t available, but it is believed that Kitna will get a signing bonus of $3 million to $4 million. Kitna visited the Jets and Lions and was under consideration by the Ravens. He sensed something was going to happen with another team over the weekend when he told the Bengals he would not be returning.

In response, the Bengals brought in Rams quarterback Jamie Martin for a visit.

Kitna’s decision could heat up talks between the Redskins and the Jets for Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey. The Redskins want to move Ramsey on Tuesday in a trade. Detroit, the Jets and the Dolphins were the teams talking to the Redskins.

A nine-year veteran, Kitna played the last five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals after a four-year stint with the Seattle Seahawks. He was the Bengals’ starter as recently as 2003, but then was replaced by first-round draft choice Carson Palmer during the following offseason. In the last two seasons, Kitna has played in just seven regular-season games and started only three.

This is a good pickup for the Lions, giving them two decent prospects at the QB position. Whether Kitna will be good enough to supplant Joey Harrison is unclear but one imagines having competition will make them both better.

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