Originally Posted by top6
I seem to recall reading a lot of reports that Zimmer was very upset that Joseph left, and wanted to keep him. Not sure how that worked vis-a-vis Hall.
Really, the Bengals' failure to franchise Joseph is one of the all-time epic Mike Brown failings. It was simply a matter of being cheap. They could possibly have 1 or more playoff wins if they had kept Joseph.
You're right - reports indicated he was upset because every indication he had received was that JJ was going to resign.
Even more disappointing to me about that situation was what John Thornton reported. He said he had heard what JJ was willing to sign for (with the Bengals) the year before he left, and Thornton couldn't believe how little he wanted (relatively speaking, of course). He then significantly increased his value by having a strong 2010 and priced his way right out of town.