KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with Tryann Mathieu in a big boost to their defensive backfield.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins and free agents can sign contracts.
The 26-year-old Mathieu was a third-round pick of Arizona in the 2013 draft after a standout career at LSU. He showed glimpses of the same ball-hawking, playmaking safety with the Cardinals, earning a Pro Bowl selection after the 2015 season, but also dealt with his share of injuries.
He signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games.
The Chiefs hope to improve one of the NFL’s worst defenses this offseason, and the idea of pairing Mathieu with Eric Berry in the secondary is a strong start.