Cornerback Jonathan Joseph signed with the the Texans last year after playing five years for the Bengals. According to Barry Byers of the Rock Hill Herald, Joseph says the difference between teams was night and day.
“The first thing about Houston is it’s an organization run from a different perspective,” Joseph said. “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.”
Joseph said during free agency last year, he had interest from five teams including the Bengals.
“I got calls from the Oakland Raiders, the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay and Houston. It came down to either staying in Cincy or going to Houston. I talked to Houston’s star receiver, Andre Johnson at a wedding. He told me how much he wanted me to come there and that the team needed cornerbacks. It was a move in the right direction. It was a perfect fit and the money was right. The contract gave me a chance to cash in and play for a better team. But it was a better situation for me to move forward and a good situation for my family. I couldn’t be happier.”