Even before Killer mused about possible scenarios for the Lions QB situation for 2009, including Kitna's future not being so bright, I was thinking about the same thing -- especially with Donut... I mean, Daunte... making a concession to move his roster bonus back further into the Ifseason. (How far has not been released yet, but I'm guessing either just before camp, or sometime in the month before the season, possibly even during the preseason. But it's all conjecture on my part.)
I agree that Kitna is on his way out either via trade before or during the draft, or he will be cut at some point. Something tells me they pay him the roster bonus if they are going to trade him, and don't if just cutting him is in the plans. Either way, not matter how it is spun or perceived elsewhere, I don't see him on the roster opening day 2009.
DanO, as I stated before, I think will come back if it means a duel-to-the-death with Daunte Culpepper to be the veteran QB on the roster, along with Stanton and a draft pick. However, the Killer scenario of DanO, Daunte, Stanton and a draft pick could play out as well.
If the Lions pick up more than one FA QB I take that as a sure sign that there will NOT be a #1 QB, or possibly anything other than a late round flier who will make it to the practice squad, taken at QB in the draft. It just wouldn't make sense.
Right now, based on comments from the Lewand, I see DanO coming back on a reasonable 1 or 2 year deal -- possibly a 3 year deal with incentives if he can hold the starting job. This makes the QB situation a 4 person competition for 3 spots between DanO, Stanton, Culpepper, and a Draft pick. Draft pick, if high enough, gets one spot so it comes down to three D's for 2 spots...
Only camp will tell who wins that battle. I will say though, I think it will be a lot more fair than the "competition" farce that Marinelli put up last ifseason/season.
Speaking of possible Lions Qb's (since many have already ordered his jersey it seems) here is an interesting article on Stafford I thought you would enjoy. The author is originally from Detroit.
Finally, on a FA note for those of you who hated the Dre Bly trade, Burnt Toast could once again be pursued to fill the backfield holes on the Lions as he was released by the Broncos... Boss Bailey is also out there if we need a LB too! LOL Looking at the cuts, I would take Dwayne Robertson -- for the right price. More on FA tomorrow as more cuts come in with franchise deadline approaching, and as the new coaching staffs begin purging their respective rosters...