ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Houston Texans have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with cornerback Johnathan Joseph. The deal would be a huge loss for the Bengals defense and likely trigger a series of moves involving cornerbacks in the free agent market.
The Bengals selected Joseph out of South Carolina with the 24th pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Joseph quickly became a starter in the Bengals secondary, and along with Leon Hall, formed one of the more effective cornerback duos in the league. With Joseph gone, the Bengals are left with only Morgan Trent, a nickel back, and Adam Jones who was recently arrested to go with Leon Hall.
While the Bengals are probably not going to enter the Nnamdi Ashomugua sweepstakes, Joseph's departure could mean the Bengals will look to fill that void with one of the many cornerbacks available in free agency. If the Jets are successful in landing Nnamdi, then Antonio Cromartie could be available. Division rival Baltimore also has both Chris Carr and Fabian Washington as free agents. One of those two might be on Cincinnati's radar.Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Johnathan Joseph, NFL