Johnathan Joseph Rumors: Bengals, Texans and Lions Possess Shot at Free Agent CB

WesAnalyst IJuly 28, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Johnathan Joseph #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Sammie Stroughter #18 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Everyone is talking about Oakland Raider free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and for good reason.

He's the biggest prize in the free agent market this year. Asomugha is regarded as a true shutdown corner who can instantly take a floundering defense and make the respectable or elevate a great defense to nearly impenetrable.

With all of the focus on Asomugha, Cincinnati free agent cornerback Johnathan Joseph could end up with franchises on the rise such as the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions or possibly stay with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Texans lost out on the bidding war for safety Eric Weddle to the San Diego Chargers according to The source goes on to explain the money saved by not signing Weddle could land Joseph in Houston.

Houston might not be a bad place for Joseph. He would establish himself as the best cornerback on the team and improve the overall play in the secondary, which was downright awful last year.

Against the pass the Texans gave up a league-worst 267.5 yards per game and it contributed to the Texans having the third worst defense in the league with 376.9 allowed per game.

The Lions also present an interesting option for Joseph and according to a tweet from ESPNs John Clayton, "They have a great chance at getting J. Joseph."


A move to Detroit gives Joseph a chance to play on a young defense, which many people perceive to be on the rise thanks to the play from Ndamukong Suh last year and the addition of defensive tackle Nick Fairley through the draft.

A solid defensive line upfront could pay huge dividends for the secondary in Detroit this year.

And then there's the Cincinnati Bengals.

They need to make something happen this offseason. They need to show the fanbase they want to win. If they let Joseph walk they clearly miss an opportunity to send that message.

It's hard to imagine Joseph wanting to stay in Cincinnati when he can go to young teams on the rise. But at the end of the day we all know everybody has their price.