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Johnathan Joseph will sign with the Titans

Jonathan Joseph, Titans

Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph is reportedly signing with the Tennessee Titans.

Joseph–formerly of the Houston Texans–sent a message to both Dianna Russini and Josina Anderson of ESPN saying he was headed to the Titans.

Joseph had spent the last nine seasons with the Texans, and he played in 14 games in 2019, making 11 starts at one of the corner spots.

The terms of the deal are unknown, though it would not be a surprise if Joseph were receiving a one-year veteran’s minimum deal.

This would seemingly be an excellent move for the Titans. Signing Joseph gives them a potential replacement for Logan Ryan at the slot corner spot if the Titans do not re-sign Ryan.

Joseph had a bit of a rough year in 2019. Opposing quarterbacks completed over 64 percent of their attempts when he was the nearest defender in coverage, and Joseph also saw upticks in yards per catch and yards per target.

That said, the veteran is just a couple years removed from being one of the better cornerbacks in the division, and he certainly gives the Titans added depth. Tennessee selected LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tennessee’s secondary is rounding into shape. Ryan might not be on the roster come the fall, but the Titans should get a boost from the return of Malcolm Butler, who played fairly well in the first nine games of 2019 before being placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury.

The Titans also figure to be preserving cap space by signing Joseph, which might give them the means to pursue Jadeveon Clowney on the edge.