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Per the NFL’s Friday personnel notice, veteran defensive tackle Linval Joseph visited with the Jets on Friday.

Joseph, a second-round pick in 2010, spent four seasons with the Giants before signing as a free agent with the Vikings. He then played five years in Minnesota. In 2020 and 2021, Joseph played for the Chargers.

He has played in 171 regular-season games, with 162 starts. He won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2011.


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As the Seahawks prepare to face the Giants on Sunday, coach Pete Carroll is closing in on catching one of the all-time great NFL coaches in career wins. Bud Grant has 168 total victories, including the postseason. Carroll has 167.

Carroll: “That can’t be right, it doesn’t feel right, how can that possibly be right? It doesn’t seem right, he’s way out there to me and always will be. I’ll let you know, I don’t even have a statement to make about that.”

Grant hired Carroll in 1985 to coach Minnesota’s defensive backs. It was the year Grant returned to lead the Vikings after a one-year retirement — and a one-year disaster under Les Steckel. Grant remained the coach for one season. Carroll stayed through 1989, working on the staff of Jerry Burns.

After passing Grant, Carroll will be in position to keep leapfrogging other big names on the all-time regular-season win list, from Mike Holmgren (161) to Paul Brown (166) to Mike Shanahan (170) to Tom Coughlin (170) to Bill Parcells (172) to Jeff Fisher (173).

The current top ten concludes with Chuck Knox, who has 186 career wins. Depending on how much longer the 71-year-old Carroll continues, he could end up in that group. If he coaches long enough to get to 200, he’ll tie Marty Schottenheimer for seventh place.

Also climbing the list with Carroll is Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who has 157 regular-season wins. Others in striking distance for 200 include Mike McCarthy (143) and John Harbaugh (140).


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