The Tennessee Titans parted ways with a well-respected veteran defensive back on Tuesday.
According to Tom Pelissero, Tennessee released cornerback Johnathan Joseph from their roster just after the league’s trade deadline.
At 36, Joseph signed a one-year deal with the Titans in May ahead of the 2020 season. He spent the previous nine years in Houston as a key defensive piece on multiple competitive Texans’ teams.
Through seven games in 2020, Joseph tallied one interceptions, one forced fumble and 28 combined tackles.
The #Titans released veteran CB Johnathan Joseph.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2020
The Titans have struggled to defend against the pass in 2020, ranking in the bottom-10 in the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed this year.
Unfortunately for Joseph, this latest release might spell the end of the road for his 14-year NFL career.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted the South Carolina defensive back in the first round of the 2006 draft. Joseph spent five years in Cincinnati, becoming a key piece for a stout Bengals’ pass defense.
After becoming a free agent in 2011, the Houston signed Joseph to a five-year, $48.75 million contract. He responded by becoming a Pro Bowler in both of the next two years, 2011 and 2012.
Before he signed with the Titans this offseason, the long-time veteran ranked fourth among active NFL players for career interceptions (31) and led all active cornerbacks in career tackles (750).
Although it’s possible that a team may sign Joseph, fans might’ve see one of a consistent longtime performer play his final NFL snap.