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Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:21 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

When discussing soon-to-be free-agent cornerbacks, the conversation usually begins with Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha. He's long been considered one of the best cover corners in the league, often mentioned in the same breath as Darrelle Revis, and earlier this decade, Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson. But Asomugha's not the only prized cornerback likely to hit the open market when the lockout is resolved. In fact, he may not even be the best. That honor could go to Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph, who at 27, is also three years younger.

It's easy to forget that the Bengals actually have playmakers, what with all the off-field distractions, but Joseph, the team's first-round pick in 2006, has quietly become one of the league's best young cornerbacks.

Under the terms of the old collective bargaining agreement, Joseph would be a restricted free agent in 2011 (and in March the Bengals gave him the highest restricted tender just in case). But it now looks like he'll be free to sell his talents to the highest bidder once a new CBA is reached.

One such team could be the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN's John Clayton, appearing on the Kevin Calabro radio show earlier this week, said that Joseph could be had for $8 million a year, which will be a lot less than Asomugha will command. And it doesn't sound like Joseph has any loyalties to the Bengals.

"He would leave Cincinnati for a dollar more than the Bengals are offering," Clayton said.

Which is a familiar refrain for both players and coaches.

This also means that the other big-named free-agent cornerback, Ike Taylor, should expect something in the neighborhood of $8 million a year. He's said previously this offseason that he won't give the Steelers a hometown discount. Pittsburgh is reportedly prepared to spend -- you guessed it -- in the neighborhood of $8 million per year to keep Taylor, who is 31.

That said, if the Steelers can get comparable productivity for the same price of a player four years younger than Taylor, maybe they should pursue Joseph.

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:46 pm

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Oh and for a comparison. If Asomugha is a 10. JoJo is about a 7.5. When healthy.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:44 pm

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Im a Bengals fan and quite simply....see ya JoJo. The guy has never played a full season schedule, missed ALOT of games and he has brick hands. Great instincts but sometimes that leads to big plays for the opposing team and considering those great instincts rarely result in picks because of his brick hands- no thanks. There were games for sure that he dominated- but he missed 3X as many as those.

If this guy could stay healthy for a full season- he'd def be worth 8 mill a year. He never has, so why would anyone think he'd start now??

That said, if the franchise tag is still around, I fully expect the Bengals to use it on him. That would be a win-win for both. Bengals need his services another year while they develop Ghee without commting long term to a player with big ? marks. and He would get over-paid for that one year probably in excess of 10 mill. Then the Bengals could focus on tieing up their best CB- Leon Hall. No tag, highly doubtful you'll see the Bengals even make a tender to him. Remember as well as Ghee, whom looks more and more like a player- the Bengals have the Pac-man and really he and JoJo are very similiar corners.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 7:02 am

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Joseph to the LIONS! why would you not want to play with a defense that has SUH and FAIRLEY up the middle? Who does Seattle have? Ren and Stimpy?

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:02 am

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option

Cincy fans, care to argue for/against his cause? I do not know him nor know if he is actually as good as . Elaborate on his prowess please.

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