Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Reports say Chiefs expected to sign safety Tyrann Mathieu

Reports say Chiefs expected to sign safety Tyrann Mathieu

The Chiefs' secondary was so shaky, so inconsistent and so thin for so much of last season, that bolstering that part of the team's defense became the biggest priority in free agency for general manager Brett Veach.

In his lone season with the Texans, Mathieu made 89 tackles, recorded eight passes defensed, sacked the quarterback three times and intercepted two passes. He played his first five seasons with the Cardinals before moving on to Houston past year.

His best season as a pro came during the 2015 season with the Arizona Cardinals when he was named an All-Pro, and went to the Pro Bowl after creating six turnovers, five were interceptions.

The Houston Texans offered safety Tyrann Mathieu a long-term deal worth more than $9.5 million annually, sources told Albert Breer of The MMQB.

Mathieu was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 National Football League draft.

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Mathieu can't officially sign until the league year begins on Wednesday, but he can negotiate with teams.

With Morse's departure, the Chiefs will likely turn to Austin Reiter as their starting center.

Mathieu has played the last two seasons healthy enough to start all 16 games. Morse started all 49 games in which he appeared during his four years in Kansas City.

The NFL Network's Ian Rappoport is also reporting about the impeding free agent deal, saying Mathieu was their top target.

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