For seven years with the Texans, veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph has built a legacy by shadowing opponents' best receivers.

Every Sunday, it's Joseph who's sprinting, backpedaling and wrestling with some of the most talented athletes in the NFL.

Now that his contract is expiring after being paid a $6.5 million base salary this year after originally signing a five-year, $48.75 million contract in 2011 to leave the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent, the 33-year-old two-time Pro Bowl selection hopes to extend his career in Houston. Joseph is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

"This has been home for me, I'd like to continue it being my home," Joseph said. "At the end of the day, that's not my call to make. We'll see what happens. I think I've had a great run here.

"Big free agent seven years ago, Pro Bowl, won the division, did a lot of good things here, but the ultimate goal was to win a championship when I came here. I still want to be a part of that going forward."

There were some preliminary conversations between Joseph's agent, Jason Chayut, and Texans management about an extension prior to the season, but formal negotiations weren't launched.