The Tennessee Titans signed veteran cornerback and former Texan Jonathan Joseph, which basically shuts the door on retaining Logan Ryan.
The Tennessee Titans added some veteran leadership on Wednesday, signing cornerback Jonathan Joseph to a one-year deal. Joseph recently played with the Houston Texans for nine seasons.
Joseph is a former first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. He was drafted 24th overall. He spent five seasons there before joining the Texans. The veteran cornerback made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons with the Texans.
The 35-year-old had 51 tackles and 13 pass defenses in 2019. In his career with Houston, he has averaged around two interceptions per season, with the most (4) coming in 2011.
He joins a cornerback room with 2017 first-round pick Adoree Jackson, free-agent acquisition Malcolm Butler, and newly acquired second-round pick, Kristian Fulton, out of LSU. Joseph’s experience could be useful in developing Jackson and Fulton.
This signing by the Titans basically shuts the door on the idea of retaining CB Logan Ryan. Logan Ryan is one of the hotter topics among Titans fans. He was a standout star on the Titans defense all of 2019, helping the Titans reach the AFC Championship and is mostly known for ending the dynasty with a pick-six on Tom Brady.
With the drafting of Fulton and acquiring Joseph, there would be no logic behind keeping Ryan, who was reported as wanting around $10M per year. The Titans obviously seem more interested in using that money elsewhere.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if the Titans continue making moves and eventually land top free agent edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Jon Robinson has not shut the door on the possibility of adding Clowney to the defensive line, and interestingly enough, he did not select an edge rusher in the draft.