Kansas City Chiefs: Grading the Tyrann Mathieu signing in free agency

Safety Tyrann Mathieu to leave Texans join Chiefs

In Kansas City, the versatile Mathieu should pair up with Eric Berry to form an impact safety tandem. After suffering an overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, it was clear that Kansas City needed to upgrade their defense heading into 2019.

It now looks like the Chiefs have gotten their man. At their best, this could be one of the best safety duos in the National Football League, but is that name recognition good enough for Kansas City to get a passing grade for this signing?

Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with Tryann Mathieu in a big boost to their defensive backfield. Mathieu earned notoriety during college at LSU for his ability to create turnovers, earning the nickname "Honey Badger".

He signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games. 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. Sports first reported the Chiefs were close to a deal with Mathieu on Monday evening.

It's expensive and it's flashy, but signing Mathieu should be worth every penny for the Chiefs.

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