Despite pawing at the safety market at the trade deadline previous year, the Chiefs may end up in a better place with Mathieu, who will turn 27 just before training camp. The Texans felt the same way and made Mathieu their No. 1 priority during this free agency period.
Former Texans' S Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per a league source.
By comparison, Mathieu, a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro selection from 2015, produced 89 combined tackles, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, eight pass deflections, and a forced fumble through 16 starts. He played both strong safety and slot corner.
Mathieu can't officially sign until the league year begins on Wednesday, but he can negotiate with teams.
Also Monday, according to multiple reports, former Chiefs backup quarterback Nick Foles is set to receive a four-year, $88-million contract from Jacksonville - with $50.125 million guaranteed, per Adam Schefter. While there is sure to be some contractual arm wrestling there - I can not imagine being able to sustain two of the five biggest cap hits in the league at one position, even if you deal Dee Ford and cut Justin Houston - and imagining those two in a defensive backfield together should be intimidating for even the division's most tenured quarterbacks. He only played seven games in 2017 as he battled an ongoing foot injury, and he finished that season on injured reserve.