Houston Texans sign safety Tyrann Mathieu
Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed a deal with the Houston Texans. It’s only a one-year deal for the talented defensive player, but adds a lot to Houston’s secondary.
The signing was actually inferred to be done on the mean streets of Twitter by JJ Watt, who opted to use his emoji game to announce the news.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 17, 2018
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.
For the sake of clarity, Mathieu’s one-year deal is worth only $7 million, which is relatively inexpensive for a player of his talents.
There is some risk here, as the safety does have a history of injuries. That being said, as mentioned earlier, he’s coming off a season in which he played in every single game.
In 66 career games, Mathieu has 303 tackles, 25 pass breakups, 22 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, 4 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. For those unaware of how numbers work, those are pretty good.