Bengals' Kitna interested in looking around

OWINGS MILLS ' Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback Jon Kitna is inclined toward taking a dip in the free agency pool, a stance that could pique the Baltimore Ravens' interest in their search for a veteran passer.

An unrestricted free agent, Kitna seems to be a viable option for the Ravens who want to create competition for embattled incumbent Kyle Boller, or have a reliable backup in case the 2003 first-round draft pick falters.

Despite Bengals starter Carson Palmer's iffy status for next season after blowing out his knee Sunday in an AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kitna's up-in-the-air status hasn't apparently changed.

"I don't know that we would be opposed to doing something before free agency, but I would think it would have to be worth it to give up free agency," Kitna told Cincinnati reporters when asked whether he's inclined to re-sign with Cincinnati before free agency begins in March. "Obviously, I still think I can play and I see a lot of bad quarterbacks out there."

Kitna, who earned $1 million in salary in 2005, said he held discussions with the Bengals regarding a contract extension earlier this year with no accord being reached.

Of the quarterbacks currently scheduled to be free agents, Kitna is probably the top option although the Ravens' choices could become a lot more interesting if Steve McNair, Kerry Collins and Aaron Brooks become available due to salary-cap concerns. Jacksonville backup David Garrard, who went 5-1 in relief of Byron Leftwich, is rumored to be available via trade.

Kitna, who passed for 3,000 yards in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons before giving way to Palmer, threw two interceptions against Pittsburgh and finished with 197 yards after a strong start.
"I wouldn't mind staying here," Kitna said. "I like it here. We'll have to see. I'm confident God has a plan for me"

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that Kitna's situation remains the same while Palmer openly lobbied for Kitna's return.

"That is my No. 1 concern," Palmer told reporters. "I'm not worried about anybody else other than Jon. He has some opportunities to go and play some other places. I know the organization wants him back.

"It's a matter of what he wants to do. I want what's best for him, but I'm also selfish and I want him back."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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