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Mike Brown wants to talk with Vance Joseph before releasing his contract

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Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown wants to chat with defensive backs coach Vance Joseph before deciding whether he'll allow Joseph out of his contract. This step is required if Joseph is to become Denver's next defensive coordinator.

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The Denver Broncos are waiting for permission to speak (and/or hire) Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph regarding the team's vacant defensive coordinator position, according to Alex Marvez with Fox Sports.

What are they waiting for?

Mike Brown, naturally.

The Cincinnati Bengals still must allow Joseph to leave his position as their secondary coach. As of Tuesday morning, that permission had not been granted.

Bengals owner Mike Brown told FOX Sports at the Reese’s Senior Bowl that he wanted to personally speak with Joseph before publicly confirming whether he will be released from his Cincinnati contract. Brown said he doesn’t have a definitive timetable for when he will meet with Joseph.

Joseph interviewed with the Broncos on Friday for their head coaching vacancy that eventually went to former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Joseph was the defensive backs coach with Kubiak from 2011-13 when he was the head coach for the Houston Texans.

Most reports indicate that Joseph is Denver's preferred choice as the next defensive coordinator -- a vacancy that was opened when the Oakland Raiders hired Jack Del Rio last week.

The Bengals have to let Joseph out of his current contract first, which isn't a foregone conclusion. Cincinnati denied the Eagles an opportunity to interview former defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle in 2011 before he was allowed to take the defensive coordinator spot in Miami in 2012.