Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
I was with you until the bolded.
Johnathon Joseph was a highly rated FA. Like you said, 2nd or 3rd in his FA class but it was a good year for FA corners.
He was a 1st round pick. He was a 5 year starter.
Kevin Walter was a 7th round pick who was cut by the team that picked him (Giants) and picked up by another team (Bengals). He'd had 3 uneventful seasons with the Bengals where he'd only had 19 catches in his BEST year. THe guy was a fringe guy at best.
They were not comparable as FA pickups. JJoe was a much more proven commodity than Walter.
Remember when we signed him? One of the Bengals' coordinators (can't remember which) was FURIOUS. And was open about it. And the fans were livid for the owner being cheap and letting Jonathan Joseph go.
And the crime is: Jonathan never wanted to leave Cincy! He was settled there with his family and they didn't want to re-locate. Had the bengals even made him a decent offer, he likely would have taken it.
Oh well. Our gain.