Texans exploring Earl Thomas as replacement for Tyrann Mathieu

Texans exploring Earl Thomas as replacement for Tyrann Mathieu

Texans exploring Earl Thomas as replacement for Tyrann Mathieu

The Kansas City Chiefs headed into free agency with an obvious need at safety. Watching the Chiefs defense - well, it was a thing.

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 joines Eric Berry in Kansas City for now, but Berry might not be sticking around for long after the Honey Badger signs his contract.

Mathieu is a much-needed get for the Chiefs struggling defensive unit.

Gipson is one of only five safeties in the National Football League since 2012 to record at least 20 interceptions.

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

As he'll still be just 26 years old when the 2019 regular season begins, the big reason that Mathieu was only on a one-year deal after entering free agency last offseason was due to his health issues throughout his time in Arizona. However, this is the type of move that can have a dramatically positive effect on a defense that needs it in a bad way. His full 2017 season came after he missed the last two games in 2015 with an ACL tear and then missed six games to a nagging shoulder injury in 2016 that ultimately put him on injured reserve.

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