CB Johnathan Joseph announces retirement
Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter on Thursday.
Joseph's retirement comes after 15 seasons in the NFL, playing for four different teams during that stretch. Selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of South Carolina by the Bengals with the No. 24 overall pick, Joseph spent the first five years of his career in Cincinnati. Joseph then hit free agency in 2011 following the fifth and final year of his rookie contract and signed a five-year contract with the Texans worth $48.7 million. The former Gamecock ended up spending the next nine seasons of his career in Houston, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl for both the 2011 season and 2012 season and making Second-Team All-Pro in 2011 and again in 2015.
After nine seasons, Joseph parted ways with the Texans following the 2019 season. Joseph then signed with the Titans but was released by Tennessee on November 3 during the 2020 season. On November 11, Joseph was signed by the Cardinals. A month later, on December 12, he was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending what would be his last season in the NFL.
Now at 37-years old, the 15-year veteran will hang up his cleats. During his career, Joseph played in 211 games, starting in 192, and recorded a total of 787 tackles, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 32 interceptions returned for a total of 643 yards, 200 pass deflections, and seven defensive touchdowns.