For the second year in a row, Mathieu will test the waters in free agency. At their best, this could be one of the best safety duos in the National Football League, but is that name recognition good enough for Kansas City to get a passing grade for this signing?
The Texans entered the offseason possessing a strong relationship with Tyrann Mathieu, nine seasons of history with Kareem Jackson and a possible either-or decision to make regarding which of their two free agent safeties to re-sign.
The Houston Texans offered safety Tyrann Mathieu a long-term deal worth more than $9.5 million annually, sources told Albert Breer of The MMQB. The Chiefs had Mathieu as the highest-rated safety available in free agency, ahead of Earl Thomas and Landon Collins.
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Mathieu spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team honours in 2015.
He signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games. He only played seven games in 2017 as he battled an ongoing foot injury, and he finished that season on injured reserve. Kwon Alexander, a linebacker, agreed on a $54 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
In Kansas City, the versatile Mathieu should pair up with Eric Berry to form an impact safety tandem.
Mathieu is not the only former LSU player to agree on a lucrative multi-year deal Monday.