The Cincinnati Bengals arent afraid to take a chance on a player.
Tuesday the team announced it had reinstated linebacker Brandon Joiner on the 90-man roster. Joiner just got out of prison after serving eight months of concurrent three-year sentences for robbery and felony drug charges.
The knee-jerk reaction is to say the Bengals are bringing in another criminal, but this story may be different.
Joiners crime took place in 2007, when he was a freshman at Texas A&M. The Bengals signed him as an undrafted free agent a year ago, and stood by him since he was sentenced last May. He also has said and done a lot of right things since he left A&M and went to Navarro Junior College and Arkansas State.
The Bengals declined an interview request with Joiner, saying theyd rather wait for him to be with the team when he meets the media. Its the same way they handled linebacker Vontaze Burfict a year ago, and Burfict had an excellent rookie season after leaving college with a troubled re...