Texans exploring Earl Thomas as replacement for Tyrann Mathieu

After Kareem Jackson agreed to sign with the Denver Broncos and Tyrann Mathieu to the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine was expected to go out and sign a safety to shore up the losses in free agency.

He signed a one-year deal with the Texans for $7m in March 2018.

The request from the Cardinals to take a cut in pay after the 2017 season caused Mathieu to move on from the team that selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Now that the dust settled, let's examine how the Honey Badger has played recently, and how he fits into the defensive plans of the Chiefs moving forward. He'd like to stay but will test free agency before making a commitment, according to Breer.

Watching the Kansas City Chiefs offense in the 2018 season was a thing of beauty.

Yes, the Chiefs - who aren't exactly flush with cap space, even after releasing Justin Houston - are paying quite a pretty penny to land the services of Mathieu.

During his first and only year with the Texans, Mathieu last year played 16 games, made 70 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

Mathieu spent his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro first-team honours in 2015.

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