Of free agent signings for players who were already on another NFL franchise before being signed by the Texans, Johnathan Joseph is the best of the best. However, there is still one player who was a free agent signing who stands above everyone.
As for Joseph, he joined the Texans in 2011 after five seasons previously with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he carved out a solid start to his NFL career. With Cincinnati, he made 58 starts in 67 games, recording 272 tackles and 14 interceptions.
Since joining the Texans — a time frame that just reached its eighth season — Joseph has played in 119 games for the franchise, making 117 starts.
Joseph has garnered 16 interceptions while playing in Houston. Four of those interceptions went for a touchdown. He has also registered 105 passes defended, three fumble recoveries, 431 tackles (378 solo), eight tackles for loss and one quarterback hit.
Since joining the Texans, Joseph has had at least one interception in seven of his eight years with the franchise. In six of those seasons, he has had at least two interceptions to his credit in a given season. In his first year with the Texans back in 2011, Joseph grabbed four interceptions. Back in 2013, he had a three-interception season.
Joseph also has played in eight playoff games with Houston, where he’s totaled two interceptions, 10 passes defended, 40 tackles and one tackle for loss.
In 2012, Joseph was ranked as the 73rd best player in the NFL on the Top 100 list. He is also a two-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2017, Joseph was the Week 6 AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Joseph has been a very important part of the Houston defenses throughout the past eight seasons. As he still has one year left on his current contract, he is coming off a season where he had 58 tackles, two interceptions, 13 passes defended and a touchdown.