The Houston Texans have agreed to let cornerback Johnathan Joseph reach the free agency market. Apparently, the decision was mutual, and Joseph wanted to become a free agent before the 2020 season. The free agency period begins on March 18, which is when the corner will be officially released.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. He attached a picture with the Texans’ official statement on the release.
Texans and CB Johnathan Joseph announced they have mutually agreed that he will be allowed to test the free-agent market. pic.twitter.com/Tu2y2XrYkK
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2020
Joseph spent the first five years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He became a free agent after the 2010 season, signing with the Houston Texans in 2011. After nine seasons, the 35-year-old corner can find a third team for the twilight of his career.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice, in 2011 and 2012. In those seasons he had four and two interceptions, respectively. In 2019 he played in 14 games, starting in 11 of them. He collected one interception and 51 combined tackles.
Joseph will become a free agent on March 18, and will be able to speak to other teams wanting his services on March 16. Many teams will likely come calling, as veteran corners come at a premium in the NFL.
Featured Image courtesy of Scott Kingsley/Houston Chronicle
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