AFC South Update
Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph has agreed to a three-year extension with the Houston Texans. The life of the deal is for $22 million with $11.5 million guaranteed according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. 2015 was slated to be Joseph’s final year of the 5-year deal he signed when he left the Cincinnati Bengals and joined the Texans in 2011. Some were under the impression that 2015 would be the end of Joseph’s tenure in Houston considering that the Texans extended Joseph’s running mate Kareem Jackson earlier this offseason and used their 2015 first round selection on Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson. However, the 31-year-old continues to play at a relatively high level and in today’s game you need at least three starting caliber cornerbacks to hold up in a pass happy league. Joseph’s $12.5 million cap number clearly was too much for Houston’s front office to stomach, so the three-year deal lowers that figure and provides a couple years of additional security to Joseph.