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Texans expected to have interest in Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals

Recently released by the Arizona Cardinals, dynamic safety Tyrann Mathieu is reportedly drawing interest from the Houston Texans.

A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by Arizona, Mathieu made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and just finished his first year in which he played in every game during the regular season. He’s essentially still getting better season-over-season.

Only 25-years-old, Mathieu still has a lot left in the tank and should be a player of huge impact for several more years.

Mathieu was cut by the Cardinals just before a large chunk of contract — $5.75 million of his 2018 salary and $8 million of his 2019 salary — became guaranteed. He was also due a $5 million roster bonus on March 16. Basically, despite previous reports stating the safety might end up staying in Arizona, the franchise preferred to save some loot by releasing him.

It is unlikely Houston is the only team interested in the safety. Given how rare it is that a Pro Bowl level player still in his prime is cut, every franchise in the league that believes they are close are likely to put a bid on his services. The Texans, however, do have plenty of cap space to make a substantial offer if they are so inclined.

(H/T Chron)