Originally Posted by Stray
I had no problems with letting Joseph leave. At that time he was very prone to injury and Leon Hall was the durable CB. The kinda money it would have taken to keep Joseph here made it an easy choice at the time imo. There was no way to know Hall would miss a year and Joseph would stay on the field.
I think Kirkpatrick will be a good fit once he gets healthy and we work him in.
Sorry but I completely disagree. You don't let above average starters (let alone borderline Pro Bowlers) leave your team in the NFL, unless someone offers them an insane amount of money you just can't afford to match (and you have someone ready to replace them). In this case, the Bengals had neither.
As a result, they were forced to spend a first round pick on replacing him this year, when they could've taken a WR or RB that would have much improved the offense. With a difference maker at one of those two positions (and JJ on the field), this team is 5-1 and likely playoff-bound. Not to mention, last year's team likely advances farther than it did.
Instead last year was one-and-done, this year is a likely bottom 10 (if not bottom 5) finish in a year where they should challenge for the division crown, and the drudgery continues. It is the most inexcusable decision by a franchise that is full of inexcusable decisions.