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Johnathan Joseph and the Houston Texans organization have agreed upon a three-year extension that will allow him to more than likely finish his career in Houston.

The Texans and Joseph agreed upon a three-year extension worth $22.5 million and will get $11.5 million guaranteed.

At 31, Joseph was entering a final year of his five-year, $48.75 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2011, after playing out his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Bengals organization selected Joseph 24th overall in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina.

Since joining the Texans, Joseph has been a mainstay at the left cornerback position for the Texans defense where usually matches up with the opposing offenses best wide receiver. This will be the fifth consecutive year he lines up opposite Kareem Jackson for the Texans.

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Good move?

The question is, did the Texans make the right decision extending Johnson?

Many people believe that when the Houston Texans decided to draft cornerback Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest in the first-round (16th overall), that he would be the heir apparent once Joseph played out the final year of his contract.

It would seem as if that is not the case.

Joseph has been steady on the left side of the Texans defense, but over the past few years he has battled and even played through several injuries that has impacted his play in the field.

Time to move on?

Last season while battling through several injuries he still managed to have a career year amassing 75 tackles and two interceptions.

Both Joseph and Johnson have similar builds. Joseph is 5'11" tall and weighs 188 pounds, while Johnson is just a little taller at 6'0" tall, but also ways 188 pounds.

What this move tells me is that the Texans coaching staff still believes that Joseph is a key member of the defense and that he will be a good mentor for Johnson and allow him to come along a little more slowly instead of being thrown into the fire as a rookie.

It is also kind of an insurance policy in case either Joseph for Kareem Jackson is lost due to injury for any significant amount of time.

Although many people may question the move, with Joseph's injury history of the past few seasons and the fact it allows Johnson to get acclimated to the NFL games, it seems like a good move so far.

It remains to be seen whether or not the money it took to extend Johnson was the right call or if that money could have been used elsewhere to improve the Texans.

Only time will tell.

Do you think the Houston Texans made the right call extending Johnathan Joseph's contract?

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