The Detroit Lions announced today that they have acquired CB Anthony Henry from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for QB Jon Kitna.
Henry (6-1, 207) comes to Detroit after spending the last four seasons in Dallas as the Cowboys’ starting right cornerback. He has 498 career tackles (403 solo), 29 interceptions and 102 pass breakups after playing in 118 games (91 starts) through eight seasons. Henry was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he had 10 interceptions which led the AFC and was tied for first in the NFL.
In 2008, Henry played and started in all 16 games and finished with 55 tackles (35 solo) as well as his first two career sacks (both at Green Bay, 9/21).
Kitna (6-2, 225) leaves after three seasons with the Lions. He passed for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons (2006-07) in Detroit and became only the ninth quarterback in NFL history, and the first franchise history, to eclipse the 4,000-yard passing mark in consecutive seasons.
Kitna started 36 consecutive games for the Lions before missing the fifth game (at Min, 10/12) of the 2008 season due to a back injury. He was subsequently placed on the reserved/injured list October 14. Before the injury, Kitna had completed 68-of-120 attempts (56.7-percent) for 758 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions while starting the first four games of the season.