Even though cornerback is a position of need for the Philadelphia Eagle, Johnathan Joseph is one player they should pass on in free agency.
Despite earning a trip to the playoffs for a third year in a row last season, the Philadelphia Eagles have numerous areas in need of improvement to focus on over the next few months, one of which happens to be the cornerback position.
Whether it was the frustration surrounding some of the younger guys being inconsistent or Ronald Darby struggling to stay healthy, the Eagles experienced plenty of frustration at the cornerback position in 2019, but hopefully this will improve moving forward.
Between the upcoming free agency period along with the draft later on in April, Philadelphia will be in great position to add a few cornerbacks to their roster this offseason to help the team increase their playoff streak to four years in a row next season.
With that being said, as great as it would seem for a team like the Eagles to add a veteran in Johnathan Joseph to the roster, this is a move the NFC East champions need to avoid at all costs.
Back in 2011 when Joseph first joined the Texans, he was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the league, and has come up big on numerous occasions over the years for Houston to keep the defense in great shape.
But at this stage in his career, the Eagles seem like they would be better off focusing on younger players to develop at cornerback instead of bringing on someone like Joseph, who will be 36 by the start of next season.
Even if the argument can be made that Joseph’s presence could help mentor some of the younger cornerbacks to help elevate their games to new levels, Philadelphia will have plenty of other great options to consider.
Maybe a few years ago, this would appear to be a move worth considering for the Eagles, but with the team already facing heavy pressure to go younger, Joseph is an easy option to avoid once free agency gets underway.
Otherwise, it’s only going to hold Philadelphia back from improving at the cornerback position, which is the last thing they can afford heading into 2020.