If Stephen Tulloch was free agent 1A with Lions fans then Johnathan Joseph was likely 1B. While news regarding Tulloch has gone from good to bad to quiet, the news with Johnathan Joseph is bad and it won’t be getting better – he’s reached an agreement with the Houston Texans.
From Adam Schefter via twitter:
Filed to ESPN: Texans reach agreement with former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph on a five-year deal. Nnamdi to Jets looking more likely.
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain has the financial details:
Joseph gets 5 years, $48.75 million and $23.5 guaranteed, including $12.5 signing bonus.
The next biggest name on the market is Antonio Cromartie, although he doesn’t appear to be on the radar according to Lions beat writer Tom Kowalski:
Fellas, I don’t think Cromartie is a fit … Wanted him last year on cheap one-year deal … Don’t see Lions paying him big cash
While the lack of a big name acquisition at cornerback so far is disappointing, Kowalski’s subsequent tweet hits home:
OK, rubber meets road – do you have faith in Mayhew’s plan or not? Can’t say yes and bitch about lack of signings .. so, what’s it gonna be?
The question is rhetorical but he makes the point. Mayhew has earned our trust since taking over for you-know-who and he looks for value, not names. Every player, no matter how great, has a price that outpaces value and Mayhew won’t overpay. Once the crazy money disappears from the cornerback market there are likely to be good deals left, not to mention cornerbacks available via trade that no longer fit in another team’s plans. Like the Lions, we’d do well to think big picture.