Kansas City Chiefs: Grading the Tyrann Mathieu signing in free agency

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

He is slated to earn around $7 million a season which is almost half of what Mathieu is expected to earn after signing a three-year deal worth up to $42 million.

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Mathieu, 26, had 89 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended and a fumble recovery last season for Houston.

Despite pawing at the safety market at the trade deadline a year ago, the Chiefs may end up in a better place with Mathieu, who will turn 27 just before training camp.

While Landon Collins got the years (6) from Washington, Mathieu's three-year, $42 million deal in Kansas City puts him back into free agency before his 30th - theoretically the goal of anyone who signs one of these things believing they'll be there for the duration of the contract.

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Once official, Mathieu will be tied for the highest-paid safety on a three-year contract ($14 million per year). Per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Mathieu was offered a multi-year extension worth more than $9.5 million annually.

Mathieu spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team honours in 2015.

In 2018, Kansas City had the 31st-ranked pass defense - the second worst in the league.

The Chiefs organization has yet to confirm the reports or announce the news officially.

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