The Honey Badger did not stay in Houston for very long. Even though the Texans expressed interest in re-signing Mathieu and Mathieu himself stated he wanted to stay in Houston, it appears the pull of a massive contract couldn’t be passed up.
Mathieu originally joined the Texans during the 2018 offseason in a one season prove-it deal worth $7 million. He played in all 16 games, out-snapped every other defensive player, accumulated 89 tackles, 3 sacks, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions.
Mathieu was also a big presence off the field for the Texans as well and was voted as a team captain immediately.
Mathieu was released by the Cardinals after the 2017 season because they did not want to give him a large contract after the injuries he had suffered. The Honey Badger used his one season in Houston to prove tot he NFL he is still an elite safety.
The Texans originally offered him a multi-year deal worth around $9.5 million a year, but Mathieu opted to test free agency and it’s clear that the move paid off.
The Chiefs are clearly looking to make moves while star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is still under his rookie contract. This move does also raise the question of whether or not Kansas City intends to keep Eric Berry.
The move makes sense for Houston too. While they are losing a team leader the safety pool for this offseason is massive. The Texans will most likely look to replace Mathieu with a
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