Last season the Texans took a one-year flyer on Tyrann Mathieu with the hopes he could be like the previous version of himself. Mathieu was mediocre last year. Not great at anything. Alright at everything. All while yapping after every play and wishing he could make the plays Justin Reid made. There were missed screen pass tackles that ended in touchdowns, the Nelson Agholor failed recovery, Eric Ebron and the Colts torching him, a missed Blake Bortles kill shot, and that endzone fumble return attempt that failed miserably against Cleveland.
No longer will these type of plays be made in Houston. Mathieu is gone. he is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs on a 3-year $42 million contract.
He’ll be joining a Chiefs’ team that had the worst run defense in football, an alright pass defense, and used the majority of their $23 million of cap space to add him. Kenny Vacaro, Landon Collins, Mathieu, Eric Weddle, and Eric Reid, are all good safeties that have already received new contracts.
The Texans now have Justin Reid and Andre Hal on their roster, and Kareem Jackson is still a free agent. Houston can decide to keep Jackson, go after a player like Tashaun Gipson, Earl Thomas, Adrian Amos, Lamarcus Joyner, or Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, or be ok with Hal and Reid going into this year’s draft.