Mathieu projects to be a major upgrade for Kansas City's secondary, which finished among the worst pass defenses in the league last season and allowed 273.4 yards per game. The 26-year-old is coming off a 2018 prove-it campaign with the Texans, in which he matched his career-high in tackles (89) while notching three sacks, two interceptions and one recovered fumble.
The Chiefs are closing in on a deal to sign Mathieu, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.
The terms of the contract aren't known, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it's in the range of three years and $42 million. Mathieu will shore up what was among the worst defenses against the pass (273.4 yards per game) in 2018, which resulted in the 24th-ranked scoring defense (26.3 points per game). After inking a prove-it deal with the Texans last offseason, he matched his career-high in tackles (89), accrued three sacks and picked off two passes across 16 games. Expect Mathieu to slot in as Kansas City's new starting free safety.
Mathieu had eight solo tackles in Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts.
Mathieu recorded a career-high tying 89 tackles during the regular season, his first year with the Texans, and the 26-year-old safety enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that he'd like to return, but he'll have options on the open market and will be expensive.
Mathieu recorded nine tackles (eight solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Redskins.
Mathieu now has three sacks in the Texans' last four games, putting him one shy of doubling his total from his first five seasons combined. He's flourished in his first season with Houston and is on pace for a career high in tackles if he can averaging six stops per game. Looking ahead, Mathieu will aim to continue his strong season into Week 12, when he and the Texans take on Tennessee.
Mathieu made seven tackles (six solo) and one sack in Thursday's 42-23 win over the Dolphins.
Surprisingly, the Texans only dropped Brock Osweiler twice but Mathieu got in on the action to record a sack for his second straight game. He's been a solid addition to the Texans' defense thus far, and he's on pace for a career-high 92 tackles.
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