March 18, 2018

Houston Texans Johnathan Joseph is Set to Test the Free Agent Market in 2018

With the season winding down, veteran Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph is preparing for the possibility that he may have to test the free agent market. The Texans and Joseph had talked prior to the season but Joseph opted to wait until the end of 2017 and become a true free agent before making his decision.

“I wanted to wait until after the season to see how that goes,” Joseph said of his impending free agency. “We are here at it now and we will just see. My first time being a true free agent; last time I was a free agent, it was a lot of guys so it wasn’t the same experience. We will see how this one goes.”

Joseph was the Texans big time free agent signing in 2011 when he was signed away from the Cincinnati Bengals and he since signed a contract extension in 2015, making him one of the more familiar, longer-tenured faces in the organization.

“I have been here 7 years, I know what I pretty much know here and in Cincy,” Joseph said of his time in the NFL. “This has been home for me and I would like it to continue to be my home. At the end of the day, that is not my call to make so we will see what happens.”

In his seven seasons with the Texans, Joseph is the franchise’s leader in interceptions with 14 and has started 102 of the 104 games he has played for the Texans.

Bill O’Brien likes what Joseph brings to the team not only on the field but from a leadership standpoint.

“He’s one of the leaders of the locker room, been that way since we got here. He’s asked to do a lot on our defense relative to covering top guys,” O’Brien said. “He’s been doing that since we arrived here, but he’s a team guy. He’s a team guy. He cares about the team, he cares about the teammates, his coaching staff. That’s the best way to describe J-Jo is he’s a team guy.”

Joseph wants to stay with the Texans and has made that clear, but he is more than willing to listen to other teams’ offers to ensure he gets his value in a weak cornerback market, a market in which would be viewed as one of the top options available.

“I don’t really want to go anywhere else, I want to be here,” Joseph continued. “Me testing the market is just part of the game, part of the business if I have to.”


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