Veteran CB Johnathan Joseph announced on Thursday that he is retiring from the NFL.
Today I retire from the NFL.
In the summer of 2006, I signed my first NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Fifteen years later, I can say I accomplished my childhood goal of making it to the NFL. I will never forget as a kid telling my father I wanted to be in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/v29OIiziwY
— Johnathan Joseph (@JJOE2424) June 10, 2021
Joseph has had a 15-year career, the bulk of which came for the Houston Texans after signing there in free agency.
Joseph, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Bengals back in 2006 out of South Carolina. He spent five years in Cincinnati before departing for a free-agent deal with the Texans in 2011.
Joseph was in the final year of his three-year, $22 million contract when he agreed to a new two-year contract in 2018. He signed on with the Titans in 2020 but was released midseason. He finished out the year with the Cardinals.
For his career, Joseph appeared in 211 games over 15 seasons for the Bengals, Texans, Titans and Cardinals. He recorded 788 total tackles, eight forced fumbles, five recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown, 32 interceptions, seven of which were returned for touchdowns, and 201 pass defenses.
He made two career Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2012 and was second-team All-Pro in 2011.