Johnathan Joseph, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Bengals who played his first five NFL seasons in Cincinnati and spent last season with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals, announced his retirement on Thursday.
"Today I retire from the NFL," Joseph wrote on Twitter. "In the summer of 2006, I signed my first NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Fifteen years later, I can say I accomplished my childhood goal of making it to the NFL. I will never forget as a kid telling my father I wanted to be in the NFL."
In March, Joseph told SiriusXM NFL Radio that a conversation he had with J.J. Watt, his former teammate with the Houston Texans, may have helped convince Watt to sign with the Cardinals. Joseph, 37, said he talked up Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph – who coached Johnathan with the Texans from 2011 to 2013 before becoming the Bengals' defensive backs coach in 2014 – to Watt.
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