With Tony Romo's status in doubt due to a back ailment, the Dallas Cowboys brought back a name from the past to serve as insurance at the quarterback position: Jon Kitna.
Kitna will earn $55,294 to more than likely sit the bench for four quarters, ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell reported.
The Cowboys on Wednesday confirmed the signing to serve as the team's third quarterback after he passed a team physical.
To make room of Kitna on the roster, the Cowboys waived kick returner Micheal Spurlock.
The 41-year-old Kitma last played in the NFL in 2011, and he announced his retirement in January 2012 after a 15-year career.
Kyle Orton would start at quarterback for Dallas on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles if Romo does not receive medical clearance. Romo reportedly has a herniated disk that will require back surgery.
"We're in as good of shape under these circumstances as you possibly could be in," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. "I have every reason to think, if needed, Kyle Orton could step out there and do a really good job for us. We've planned on that very event."
Before settling on Kitna, the Cowboys held workouts this week with quarterbacks including Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton, David Carr and Caleb Hanie, multiple media outlets reported.
Kitna started his career with the now-defunct Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 1997 and had stints with the Seattle Seahawks, whom he led to the playoffs in 1999 with a 9-7 record, the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions.
He retired with a 60.3 completion percentage for 29,745 yards, 169 touchdowns, 165 interceptions and a 77.4 passer rating. As a starter, he compiled a 50-74 record.
Since leaving the NFL, Kitna was teaching and coaching in his native Tacoma, Wash.