[Jon Kitna], 28, wasn't the Bengals' first choice. They tried to sign Elvis Grbac, but Grbac turned down the Bengals' larger offer to sign with Baltimore, and Kitna wound up at the top of their list.
"I like our quarterback situation where it is," [Dick LeBeau] said. "You never say never, but with [Akili Smith] and Scott Covington and now Jon Kitna as a Cincinnati Bengal, I think we have a very good quarterback situation."
Patrick Surtain, who emerged as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks last year in his first full season as a starter, signed a four- year, $27.5-million extension with the Miami Dolphins. Surtain was already under contract through 2001. The new deal, which includes a $6.25 million signing bonus, ends in 2005. . . . Halfback Tiki Barber agreed to a six-year, $24-million contract to remain with the New York Giants. . . . Jason Bostic was re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a one-year contract. Bostic, a defensive back, led the Eagles in special teams tackles with 29 last season.