On the morning after the news broke that Mathieu had chose to head to Kansas City, Houston made its next move: A source confirmed that 28-year-old safety Tashaun Gipson has agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with the Texans.
The Honey Badger is on the move.
Thomas, who has been seeking a trade or extension from Seattle over the previous year, is one of the last marquee free agents safeties available although he's been reported to be seeking the most money.
As he'll still be just 26 years old when the 2019 regular season begins, the big reason that Mathieu was only on a one-year deal after entering free agency last offseason was due to his health issues throughout his time in Arizona.
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Mathieu is an LSU Tigers legend and New Orleans native whose story speaks to many fans, and his electric style of play on the field could help any team in the league.
The Chiefs were aggressive with Mathieu, who they viewed as the best and most complete safety on the free-agent market.
The NFL Network's Ian Rappoport is also reporting about the impeding free agent deal, saying Mathieu was their top target.
Mathieu has appeared in 82 games (73 starts) and tallied 394 tackles, 49 passes defensed, 13 interceptions and seven sacks.