Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Again, it's perception. Jonathan Joseph was no more a top tier FA than Anthony Weaver or Antonio Smith. Both were considered the second best DE in their FA class. Wade Smith was probably the third best guard available at the time.
Jonathan Joseph was the second rated CB in his FA class, & had Ike Taylor not resigned with the Steelers, probably third.
Jonathan Joseph was not any more a proven commodity than Kevin Walter when we got him.
I don't think I agree with that...
JJo had been around for a while and was still kind of young, but considered one of the top players at his position in the whole league. Not just in the free agent class.
Antonio Smith and Weaver being considered among the best in the free agent class is not relevant. Just means that the free agent class wasn't as strong at those positions in those years.
JJo was only considered the second best corner in his FA class because Aso was considered the #1 or #2 corner in the entire league.
Jjo by far had been the biggest, baddest free agent we had signed and it wasn't close.