Coaching, Teaching Next For Retiring Kitna

IRVING, Texas --Jon Kitna hasn't officially announced his retirement yet -- that should come at some point this offseason -- but the long-time NFL quarterback has already entered the next chapter of his life: teaching and coaching.

Last week, Kitna was introduced as the new head coach at Lincoln High School in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Lincoln in 1991 and went on to play 15 NFL seasons, including the last three in Dallas as Tony Romo's primary backup.

Kitna, who earned a math education degree from Central Washington in 1996, will also teach three classes of algebra.

With Kitna moving on, the Cowboys will look to add another backup quarterback. Fourth-year veteran Stephen McGee is entering the final year of his contract and would like to step into Kitna's role after playing third-string since 2009.

At the Senior Bowl last week, owner Jerry Jones said the team could look into adding another veteran with starting experience.

"That's one of the things we'll see how it evolves," Jones said. "We like the progress of McGee. If somebody really has to start taking snaps, you'd like to see a guy with more experience. Now Houston did go pretty far with a third-team quarterback without a lot of experience (T.J. Yates). I do know it can happen. An experienced one can get you pretty far down the road."

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