Originally Posted by Benihana
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.
It wasn't about matching, it was about beating Houston's offer. At the time it was a risky contract for them. I could be wrong, but Joseph never once played an entire season for us did he? That's why I was fine with the move then. We kept Leon Hall and made a run at Whittner (who we almost got until he chose to go to SF at the last minute).
If we're complaining about not spending the money, or a FA signing not working out that's a different story all together. We should have done a better job filling the void left when Joseph walked no doubt, but that doesn't change my opinion that at that time it was the smart move to let him go.
Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
Why do you care about Mike Brown's money? They are well under the cap every year. I'd rather have Joseph than another $10 million a year in Mike Brown's pocket, which was the alternative.
I wanted to let him go and spend the money to improve the team in other areas.