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Houston Texans decide to give cornerback Johnathan Joseph a raise

Johnathan Joseph, Texans

At this time of the year, we constantly hear about players making revisions to their current contracts. Among them, Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans is walking away with more money this season.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Houston decided to give cornerback Johnathan Joseph a raise in 2019. For his raise, Joseph was given a $1.5 million bonus and his base salary increased from $2.9 million to $4 million for 2019.

Coming into this season, Joseph is entering the last year of his current contract that he signed before the 2018 season. This essentially is a move to reward a veteran player for being loyal and productive to the franchise.

Joseph has spent eight seasons with the Texans after spending his first five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Since joining the Texans, Joseph has been a key contributor to their defense.

In his first two seasons with the Texans, Joseph was named to his only two Pro Bowls in his career. Last season, at 34-years old, Joseph started in 14 games while getting two interceptions and 13 pass deflections.

Coming into 2019, even at 35-years old, Joseph will start alongside newly signed Bradley Roby at the cornerback position. Could this be the last season for Joseph with the Texans?

Houston may be revealing that Joseph intends to retire after 2019 or that he will be gone after this season. Joseph can still play but he may decide to walk away from the game after 14 seasons in the NFL. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see a team reward a veteran player for consistently performing at a high level for the team.