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Texans Ink Free Agent CB Johnathan Joseph

The Texans have taken a big step towards improving their 32nd-ranked pass defense, agreeing to terms on a five-year deal with free agent cornerback Johnathan Joseph, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Joseph’s contract is worth $48.5 million, with 23.5 million guaranteed, and a $12.5 million signing bonus, complimentary of John McClain from the Houston Chronicle.

A 2006 first-round pick out of South Carolina, Joseph has 272 tackles and 14 interceptions during his 67-game career. Joseph has returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns.

Joseph will likely be paired with 2010 first-round pick Kareem Jackson to form the Texans’ starting cornerback duo.

The Texans are moving Glover Quin from cornerback to free safety.

Despite having plenty of cap under the salary cap, the Bengals declined to use the franchise tag on Joseph in February, clearing his path to unrestricted free agency.

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