Tyrann Mathieu gets $42 million contract from Chiefs

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mathieu is expected to sign a three-year, $42 million contract.

Tyrann Mathieu and Earl Thomas were looking to get paid, and Kansas City seemed poised to pounce on the second-tier of safeties that included names like Adrian Amos, Lamarcus Joiner, and the newly released Johnathan Cyprien.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes offered a quick reaction to the addition of the Pro Bowl player, also known as the Honey Badger.

The Chiefs were aggressive with Mathieu, who they viewed as the best and most complete safety on the free-agent market.

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.

Mathieu, 26, had 89 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended and a fumble recovery last season for Houston. While there is sure to be some contractual arm wrestling there - I can not imagine being able to sustain two of the five biggest cap hits in the league at one position, even if you deal Dee Ford and cut Justin Houston - and imagining those two in a defensive backfield together should be intimidating for even the division's most tenured quarterbacks.

He owns 13 interceptions in his six-year career and has scored one defensive touchdown.

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