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2020 NFL Free Agency: Johnathan Joseph Will Become A Free Agent

The best free agent signing in franchise history will look to continue his NFL career somewhere else.

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Back on July 28, 2011, the Houston Texans signed Johnathan Joseph as a free agent. J-Jo had played his entire career with the Bengals up to that point, and he was considered the second-best corner on the market that offseason behind Nnamdi Asomugha (remember him?). For the next nine (9) seasons, Johnathan Joseph proved to be the single best free agent signing the Houston Texans ever made.

Today, however, the J-Jo Era comes to an end in Houston, as the team announced it would part ways with Joseph so the corner can test free agency and presumably play a fifteenth NFL season elsewhere.

John McClain says there’s still a chance J-Jo returns to Houston, though it doesn’t seem likely, at least until his playing career is over.

Johnathan Joseph was a legitimate CB1 for most of his time in Houston. While he’d clearly lost a step or two over the last couple of seasons, I’m bummed that we’ve almost surely seen the last of him in a Texans uniform. He was a guy I truly enjoyed watching and rooting for, so even though seeing him move on is probably the correct decision from a management perspective, it stings. Rivers puts things in excellent perspective with this tweet:

Thanks for the memories, J-Jo. Best of luck moving forward.