One of the biggest safeties in the 2019 free agency pool has been picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs and safety Tyrann Mathieu have agreed to a three year, $42 million deal, signing up the 26-year-old Mathieu for a short team deal.
The contract agreement will deal a blow to the Texans and their defence, as they had been in the bidding for the star safety. Mathieu performed at a high level for the Texans in his one year in Houston, registering 89 tackles and two interceptions in 16 games. His tackling total was tied for the most tackles he’s recorded in his career, proving that he is still getting better from year to year.
Mathieu joins a defense in Kansas City that needs all the help that it can get. The Chiefs gave up 26.3 points per game last season, the ninth worst in the NFL. In addition, Kansas City allowed 6,488 yards per game last year, the second worst in the entire league. Mathieu will have the responsibility of plugging some of the defensive holes. Mathieu offers improvement in the passing and rushing game. Mathieu is well known for his speed at the safety position, allowing him to cover large amounts of grass in the secondary. Mathieu will also be expected to offer impactful run support as well. The safety has 33 tackles for a loss in his career, and has been notorious for exploding into opposition backfields, causing havoc and big plays.
With the addition of Mathieu, the Chiefs have turned the safety position into one of their strong suits. Kansas City now has both Tyrann Mathieu and Eric Berry on their roster, two of the most respected strong safeties in the NFL. If Eric Berry can return to full health, expect to see these two paired in the secondary next season, offering a huge defensive boost to the high scoring Kansas City Chiefs.