Former Houston Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu has agreed to a 3-year deal worth up to $42 million with the Kansas City Chiefs.
26-year-old Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu has agreed to a 3-year deal $42 million deal to play with the Kansas City Chiefs. Senior writer Yahoo Sports Terez A. Paylor was one of the first reporters to break the news in the first day of free agency.
Texans were optimistic in re-signing Mathieu after he had a successful season with the defense, he was expected to receive great offers from the other teams in the league after betting on himself and signing a one year deal $7 million with the Texans.
Mathieu had a great bounce-back season with the Texans playing all 16 games in the regular season and being a solid leader on and off the field for the team. He finished the season with 89 combined tackles, eight passes defended, two interceptions, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, a season-high three sacks, and four quarterback hits.
Former New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins set the market for Mathieu after signing with the Washington Redskins for a 6-year deal for $84 million with $45 million guaranteed. Texans will have to look at other contingency plans with one of their marquee free agents deciding to leave for more money.
Texans still have defensive back Kareem Jackson as an unrestricted free agent among many other safeties hitting the market. This free agency is particularly deep in safeties, and Texans will have the opportunity of signing another talented safety.
Depending on how many free agents they sign, Texans could potentially get a third-round compensatory draft pick in next years draft due to the contract and quality of player Mathieu was for the defense in 2018.