By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu has found a new home. He has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.
He was released by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week after he refused to take a pay cut. He was scheduled to make $6.5 million this upcoming season with the Cardinals had he stayed with them.
Mathieu will be paid $7 million by the Texans.
Mathieu’s $7 million cap hit, according to Spotrac, is the 34th among all defensive backs in the league. He has a $6.5 million base salary with a $500,000 being tied to a per-game active bonus in case he gets injured.
Mathieu, 25, spent the last five seasons with the Cardinals. He started all 16 games last season.
This was the first-time in his career that he played in an entire season. He had 66 tackles, 1.0 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumbles, and seven pass deflections.
In his career, he’s appeared in 66 games, including 57 starts. He’s had 281 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 11 interceptions, 41 pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
With the Texans, he’s going to be the team’s starting free safety. Andre Hal was expected to be the starter prior to this move to add The Honey Badger.
The team also has Kurtis Drummond, as a free safety.
Hal may move to strong safety, where their top two position players are free agents. Marcus Gilchrist and Eddie Pleasant are on the market.