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.
Joseph has been very almost overly critical whenever talking about the Bengals. I thought at the time the Bengals knew he was gone and moved on from there. I also think the uncapped year as well as the lockout hurt the Bengals in their attempts to sign Joseph. In the end it appears as if they kept the wrong CB, Hall.
FWIW I think most organizations would have let Joseph walk instead of matching Houston's offer. With the Bengals he was good, not nearly as good as he played last year.