Originally Posted by Benihana
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.
But great offenses are winning Super Bowls in Goodell's new NFL. Gotta go back to 2006 to find a great defensive team to win one.
Again, I'm not speaking in hindsight because now it's obvious we should have kept him, just that at that time I was okay with it. We needed to upgrade our offense which was horrible and he was an injury prone corner on a pretty good defense asking for a ton of money. There was no way to see how everything was going to play out.