When the Las Vegas Raiders let Karl Joseph walk in free agency last offseason, it looked like he was just going to be added to the long list of draft picks who didn’t end up working out with the team. Well, it looks like he’ll get another chance to prove that he was worth that first-round pick. It was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday that Joseph was visiting the team.
That visit went well as Las Vegas announced that they’ve signed him to a contract.
Back in the Silver and Black.
We have signed S Karl Joseph » https://t.co/Jro7zUpXXz pic.twitter.com/ooptvmMvkN
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 9, 2021
Joseph spent last year with the Cleveland Browns and started in eight games. He didn’t see a lot of suitors in free agency but the Raiders had a big need at safety. Joseph probably isn’t a long-term solution but he’s a good guy to have around while the team develops a younger player. He should see a lot of playing time this season.
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Joseph Addresses Returning to Raiders
Though Joseph went to a different team last offseason, it wasn’t up to him. He made it clear that he wanted to return but the Raiders were ready to move on. That was clearly a mistake as the team’s safeties struggled a lot last year. With Gus Bradley taking over as defensive coordinator, Joseph will be a better fit with the team. He had a chance to talk about his decision to come back to the team and revealed that he believes he’s back where he belongs.
“First off, I never wanted to leave,” Joseph said after the news dropped. “I think this my home, I was drafted here, feel like I was born to be a Raider.”
Joseph hasn’t lived up to his status as a top-15 draft pick but he was one of the Raiders’ better defenders when he was still with the team. He’ll definitely be an upgrade over what Las Vegas currently has and should start unless they find a great prospect in the draft.
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