Tyrann Mathieu Signs With Houston Texans: One-Year, $7 Mill

Tyrann Mathieu Signs With Houston Texans: One-Year, $7 Mill

It didn't take long for former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu to find a new job. Apparently he meant it. The Texans are expected to pay Mathieu $7 million for 2018.

Mathieu may have felt that the Cardinals' new coaching didn't believe in him if they weren't willing to keep him around on his old contract, and that he's better off with a fresh start. Mathieu received a $15.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary that was fully guaranteed in 2016.

Houston desperately needed to upgrade their secondary and by signing Mathieu they did just that. This is due to a couple of major injuries. He also tore the ACL in his left knee as a rookie in 2013. Mathieu is a dynamic player but seemingly struggles to play full season consistently.

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While Mathieu's 2017 season was a step in the right direction for him, it's important to remember that he was used quite extensively as a slot cornerback on defense.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu said receiving the most lucrative contract isn't the only goal in choosing his next National Football League team.

But there is a silver lining - the one-year deal allows Mathieu to prove himself, hit free agency in a year where he can again try to land a long-term contract. He's racked up 11 interceptions and 42 passes defended in that time.

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