UPDATE: Johnathan Joseph will sign a five-year deal worth $48.75 million, including $23.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $12.5 million.
Joseph ranked 67th in receptions allowed per coverage snaps by ProFootballFocus.com, in 371 coverage snaps played 42 receptions were allowed by Joseph for a 11.32% coverage snap to reception percent. Joseph also ranked in the bottom 25% of catches allowed per coverage snap by putting up a dismal 75th ranking due to allowing 42 receptions out of 66 passes thrown Joseph’s way. Joseph also didn’t rank in the top 25 nor the bottom 25 in the category of times thrown at per coverage snap. Meaning Joseph is not exactly a cornerback that offensive coordinators are afraid of but not someone they intentionally game plan to attack either.
So without a doubt Joseph is an instant upgrade who is also good in run support but how much of an upgrade will remain to be seen.
While the Jury is still out for me on Joseph many Texans are excited by the move and it’s a move the City and franchise deserved. Let’s hope that the Texans front seven can establish a monster pass rush this year that will ultimately have all the members of the secondary improving significantly on their pass defense numbers.
The Houston Texans have agreed to a long-term contract with cornerback Johnathan Joseph, one of the most coveted free agents on the market. Check back for more details to come. Or check the story from Chron.com and John McClain’s write up of the addition of Joseph.
Other than a signing that is bound to help a secondary that ranked 32nd against the pass last year, one can surmise that there is only one way to go from last in the league. And that way being up in the pass defense rankings but Joseph will come in and immediately make an impact on the Texans secondary. Not viewed as a shutdown cornerback but definitely viewed as a very good coverage corner.
Not many details of the deal are out at the moment but check back as we will update the post as we get the information and terms of the deal.
Now Texans fans can relax a bit and enjoy the fact that the management of your hometown Texans made it happen while improving the secondary tremendously. Now all that seems left for Texans management is to go out and get a safety and re-sign fan favorite Vonta Leach. Way to go Rick Smith.