But this move likely is for show. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams would have to give up a first- and third-round pick to sign Joseph. But the CBA expires on Friday, and with a new CBA Joseph is expected to become an unrestricted free agent.
With the asking price skyrocketing to $10 million per season for lower-profile corners, the Bengals will have a hard time keeping Joseph. He has been Cincinnati's best cornerback for several seasons and recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions in 2010.