Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph has made no secret his distaste for his former employer. Joseph spent the first five seasons of his NFL career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Houston Texans last year as a free agent. In Joseph’s latest stab at the Bengals organization, he used the Texans as a comparative baseline to illustrate the major financial differences between the two teams. 

When Joseph signed with the Texans last offseason, it was a five-year deal worth $48.75 million. Clearly this amount wasn’t offered by the Bengals, so obviously Joseph would feel the Bengals were cheaper because they did not value his services as much as the Texans did. However, Joseph points out some stark differences between the organizations beyond contractual salaries. As Joseph told HeraldOnline.com, “In Cincy, the team lives off money it earns from football. Houston’s owner has other business interests and he controls the money. Numerous things that go on such as the way Houston interacts with my family; we’re treated in a first-class way. They helped us when my wife lost our baby daughter in a miscarriage. But they help with anything you ask of them because they are a very caring organization with positive attitudes about its players. In Cincy, we’re told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You don’t have a roommate on road trips.”

When put the way Joseph said it, one would be inclined to believe Joseph’s tiff with the Bengals really isn’t as much about money as it is with care for players and general business savvy. Bengals owner Mike Brown is notoriously cheap with no better proof than his on-field product with the Bengals. On the other side, Texans owner Bob McNair has had a long, successful business career across numerous industries, including technology, real estate, equity investments, and professional football. McNair is a Houston guy who embodies the well-natured attitude of the area, as clearly displayed by his leadership and actions as the head of the Texans. Joseph is just the latest beneficiary of joining the top-run organization that is the Houston Texans. 

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