Tyrann Mathieu to sign three-year, $42m deal with Kansas City Chiefs

Houston Texans free safety Tyrann Mathieu celebrates strong safety Justin Reid's interception and touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover Md

Now opted with a similar choice, Mathieu chose to bet on himself and test the waters of free agency. Free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu is reportedly set to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In his lone season with the Texans, Mathieu made 89 tackles, recorded eight passes defensed, sacked the quarterback three times and intercepted two passes.

Mathieu was the Chiefs' top safety target in the offseason, per a source. And it will have to be a big one, considering Mathieu reportedly already has a long-term deal worth more than $9.5 million per year on the table from the Texans.

After opening day of the NFL's legal tampering period, none of those things turned out to either matter enough or be true.

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The 26-year-old Mathieu was a third-round pick of Arizona in the 2013 draft after a standout career at LSU.

The Chiefs hope to improve one of the NFL's worst defences this off-season, and the idea of pairing Mathieu with Eric Berry in the secondary is a strong start. But he's been durable since, playing all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017 and for the Texans last season.

Despite missing at least two games in each of his first four National Football League seasons, Mathieu has played all 16 games in each of his last two. While there is sure to be some contractual arm wrestling there - I can not imagine being able to sustain two of the five biggest cap hits in the league at one position, even if you deal Dee Ford and cut Justin Houston - and imagining those two in a defensive backfield together should be intimidating for even the division's most tenured quarterbacks.

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