Originally Posted by Stray
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.
I wanted to let him go and spend the money to improve the team in other areas.
Joseph said he would've stayed had we matched Houston's offer.
Having a great defensive backfield is one of the most valuable assets in football. Look at the Jets from 2008-2010. Or the Bengals own SWAT Team from 1988-1990. Do you remember the days of Mike Brim and Rod "Toast" Jones? That is why you don't let a great defensive backfield leave.