Of course we were shocked to say the least, because the Chiefs have a pair of young cornerbacks in Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr that are pretty good. Still the rumor picked up steam over the last 48 hours and it made us wonder.
If this report is true, this tells me the Chiefs might be falling out of favor with one of their 2010 starters. So it would make sense, that Pioli is looking to upgrade his defensive secondary by signing a talent like Joseph.
But his reclomation project of the Chief secondary began a year ago and appears to be nowhere from done heading into 2011.
A year ago Pioli drafted all world safety Eric Berry in round one and followed that pick with another safety in round five, Kendrick Lewis. Add cornerback Javier Arenas in round two, who was the teams best nickel corner a year ago, this years fourth round pick from Colorado Jalil Brown, and suddenly Pioli has the makings of a stellar secondary. Or so we thought.
In New England's glory days, Safety Lawyer Milloy and Cornerback Ty Law led the way in the back end of the Patriots secondary. Both were impact players and future hall of fame residents that shut down opposing offenses with grace style and extreme force.
There is no doubt in my mind that Berry has a chance to become another Milloy. But the Chiefs don't have a cornerback on the roster that could graduate from Law's class.
That's not a knock on Flowers or Carr. But the Chiefs secondary has to be more physical in 2011. We saw too many times the inability of the Chiefs corners year ago to close in on receivers before the ball hit their hands.
Now part of that result was based on the Chiefs defensive scheme and their zone coverages. But at some point, the corners have to make more plays or at best; prevent more passes from being completed. That's where Joseph enters the mix.
Despite his lack of size, Joseph who stands just under six feet, has the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and slow down routes. He has outstanding closing speed; he shuts down his side of the field and he he's an interception machine. In 2009 and 2010 playing for the Bengals, he combined for nine touchdowns and scored three defensive touchdowns.
So are the Chiefs really serious about adding Joseph in the next day or two?
Our source continues to say yes. But that doesn't mean he'll sign with Kansas City. Or more directly, that Pioli will pay him the $25-35 million he'll get in the open market. But we think at this pint, he's strongly considering it.
On Thursday afternoon, things are going to significantly change around the NFL. With as many as 100 veterans or more being cut today as teams are allowed to trim their rosters of unwanted veterans with hefty contracts. Teams like the Chiefs are suddenly going to be enticed with even more roster options.
On the other hand, that also could be problematic for Pioli. If he waits on signing Joseph and other teams cut some key veterans clearing cap space, then the price tag to land one of the best young cornerbacks in the game might put Joseph out of reach for the Chiefs.
It's a slippery slope Pioli is balancing but thus far he appears to have the Chiefs in a strong position to land numerous veterans come Friday afternoon. He already landed Cardinals Wide Receiver Steve Breaston and the team is reportedly in on another half dozen potential free agents. But signing Joseph isn't going to be so clear cut and dry for Pioli.
But should this rumor come to light, provided Pioli can outbid the likes of the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers for Joseph, the NFL better take notice that the Chiefs intend to win this year and every year thereafter.
And for the players on the Chiefs roster, they better step up their game because Pioli believes everyone is replaceable. And by signing Joseph, he'll drive that point home even further.
MORE CHIEFS FA TARGETS:
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Chiefs FA Target: Sidney Rice
Chiefs FA Target: Jared Gaithers
Chiefs FA Target: Le'Ron McClain
Chiefs FA Target: Steve Breaston
Chiefs FA Target: Nick Barnett
Chiefs FA Target: Aubrayo Franklin
Chiefs FA Target: Vernon Gholston
Chiefs FA Target: Plaxico Burress
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