Karl Joseph rejoins Raiders after spending last season with Browns
Karl Joseph's separation from the Raiders lasted just one year.
The strong safety who spent last season with the Browns re-signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, the Las Vegas franchise announced Friday.
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Joseph, 27, was not expected to return to the Browns once they signed former Los Angeles Rams safety John Johnson III last month for three years and $33.75 million.
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The Raiders drafted Joseph in the first round (14th overall) out of West Virginia University in 2016. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Browns a year ago after the Raiders declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
"I never wanted to leave," Joseph told reporters who cover the Raiders. "I think this is my home. I was drafted here. I feel like I was born to be a Raider."
Last year, Joseph bounced back from a season-ending foot injury he suffered in November 2019.
He started eight of the 14 regular-season games in which he appeared with the Browns, plus two playoff games. He tied for fifth on the team with 64 tackles and added four passes defensed, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
In the postseason, Joseph recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown after center Maurkice Pouncey fired a shotgun snap over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the first play from scrimmage in the Browns' 48-37 wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Joseph also had an interception in the Browns' 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.
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