Report: Bengals tender Johnathan Joseph

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals put the highest restricted tender on starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph Wednesday, less than 48 hours before his contract expires.

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.