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. Per the report, the deal with Kansas City will be worth $42 million over three years after Mathieu played on a one-year prove-it contract in Houston for 2018.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes offered a quick reaction to the addition of the Pro Bowl player, also known as the Honey Badger.
Thomas, who has been seeking a trade or extension from Seattle over the past year, is one of the last marquee free agents safeties available although he's been reported to be seeking the most money. Reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that Mathieu was the Chiefs' top target in free agency.
The contract will not become official until the beginning of the new league year at 3 p.m.
Then the news hit that the Chiefs had an agreement in place to sign Mathieu to a deal that paid him the same annually as Landon Collins. Wow.
Mathieu, 26, recorded 89 tackles, eight passes defended and two interceptions for the Texans last season.
During his six-year career, Mathieu has 353 total tackles, seven sacks and 13 interceptions.