Chiefs land Tyrann Mathieu to three-year deal

Chiefs expected to sign former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu

Chiefs expected to sign former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu

The moment the Kansas City Chiefs leaked word that they had signed Tyrann Mathieu to a deal in free agency, the response from analysts, fans, and even Chiefs players was overwhelmingly positive, as everyone was excited to add the free agent safety.

Mathieu, affectionately known as the Honey Badger, is reportedly signing a 3-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs.

Mathieu was the Chiefs' top safety target in the offseason, per a source. Per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Mathieu was offered a multi-year extension worth more than $9.5 million annually. After Landon Collins got a deal that upended the safety market, bidding for Mathieu took off and the Chiefs eventually emerged victorious, though the final offers were similar. Following the end of the 2018 season, Mathieu claimed that it was extremely important that he remain in Houston as a member of the Texans. His $14 million average annual salary is higher than the $13 million per season the Chiefs gave to Berry two years ago.

The 26-year-old racked up 89 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions over 16 games in 2018.

After opening day of the NFL's legal tampering period, none of those things turned out to either matter enough or be true. He only played seven games in 2017 as he battled an ongoing foot injury, and he finished that season on injured reserve. He's primarily played free safety, but did appear at corner last season for the Texans.

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