4 post-trade deadline free agents the Carolina Panthers should call
By Dean Jones
Johnathan Joseph – CB
Another player who has been shown the door by the Tennessee Titans is Johnathan Joseph. The cornerback was once regarded as one of the NFL’s best once upon a time and although age seems to be catching up with him slowly he could still be a nice pickup for the Carolina Panthers.
This would only be a short-term arrangement. The Panthers recently took the decision to part ways with Eli Apple following a dispute regarding his health that saw the No. 10 overall pick in 2015 crying off a practice just hours prior to his release. While it might have been the smart thing to do, it still leaves them relatively short of depth.
Joseph has given up 22 receptions from 34 balls thrown his way this season. His play has been good enough to earn a respectable 63.8 grade from Pro Football Focus, so he could still offer a strong veteran presence within Carolina’s secondary in the coming weeks.
There are some concerns surrounding the health of No. 1 option Donte Jackson. The former LSU standout is dealing with a toe injury that is clearly hampering his progress and having someone like Joseph on the rotation would enable the player to recover at his own pace.
It would also take some of the heat off fourth-round selection Troy Pride Jr., who has gone through plenty of growing pains during his initial transition to the next level. This was to be expected from a prospect who was a little raw out of Notre Dame, but giving him more in the way of experience wouldn’t be the worst thing down the stretch.