2014 Cowboys free agents: Jon Kitna

Jon Kitna

Position: Quarterback

Type: Unrestricted

2013 salary: $940,000

Summary: He joined the Cowboys for the final week of the season after Tony Romo suffered a back injury. He was Kyle Orton’s backup in the season finale mostly because he knew the Cowboys’ offense and was in decent enough shape.

Why keep him: He is a great guy to have in the locker room. Younger players tend to flock to him because of his wisdom and personality.

Why let him go: He is 41 years old. He’s been out of football for most of the last two seasons. It was a neat story for a week, but there’s not a future here.

Best guess: Kitna will return to his life as a high school math teacher and football coach in Tacoma, Wash. If the Cowboys need him again at the end of the 2014 season for a week, he will offer up his services again.