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Reports: Chiefs signing safety Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year deal

The Chiefs get the safety help they need in the form of one of the free agency market’s marquee names.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Houston Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu to a three-year deal worth $42 million. That equates to $14 million per year, the same amount of money the Chiefs freed up by releasing linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday.

Friend of the site Terez Paylor speculated about the news a few moments before Schefter’s report.

From another friend of the site, Joel Thorman: “If you’ve read AP in the last 10 years, you know I love me a big free agent signing. This one I love, too. The move comes at a big area of need for the Chiefs, which is the pass defense. That was viewed as the one area that stopped the Chiefs from going to the Super Bowl last year, so credit Brett Veach for hitting on the needs.

“I also love this move because — not to sound like a “football guy” here — the Honey Badger strikes me as someone who loves football. That passion reminds me of Eric Berry. Matthieu is going to be a really easy dude to root for.

“Speaking of, uh, about Eric Berry? My guess is this doesn’t affect Berry in 2019 but, yeah, everyone is wondering about KC’s emotional leader. The money says Berry is probably going to be a Chief next season but three games in the last two years makes you wonder. The money is high but it’s not my money so count me as a fan of this move from the Chiefs.”

Yet one more friend of the site, Kent Babb of the Washington Post and formerly of the KC Star, wrote the piece on the Honey Badger you need to read.


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