Chiefs Draft Preview Capsule
29. KANSAS CITY (13-5)
LAST SEASON: Chiefs rolled to third straight AFC West title thanks to second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who shattered just about every franchise passing record...
Texans Draft Preview Capsule
23. HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
LAST SEASON: Used nine-game winning streak to dig out of early hole and become first team since 1998 to reach playoffs after 0-3 start before falling to Colts in...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah from Cleveland in a swap for safety Eric Murray, who was originally drafted by current Browns general...
Texans sign CB Boddy-Calhoun
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have signed cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun as they continue to add to their secondary.
His signing Friday comes after they signed safety Tashaun Gipson and...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With a bright red hat perched jauntily on his mop-like hairdo, Tyrann Mathieu signed his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and became the centerpiece of the offseason...
Free Agency-Chiefs Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-5)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OLB Dee Ford (franchise tag), OLB Justin Houston, DT Allen Bailey, TE Demetrius Harris, FB Anthony Sherman, RB Spencer Ware, CB Orlando...
AP Source: Chiefs, Mathieu agree to $42M, 3-yr contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu on Monday, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of...
Free Agency-Texans Capsule
HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Kareem Jackson, FS Tyrann Mathieu, CB Kayvon Webster, QB Joe Webb, CB Shareece Wright, ILB Brian Peters, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Alfred Blue,...
Texans have quick turnaround as they look to stay on a roll
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have put their 0-3 start behind them, winning four straight games capped by Sunday's victory over the Jaguars to move into first place in the AFC South.
But they won't have much time to celebrate their recent success with the Dolphins coming to town on Thursday night.
Jaguars’ Smith says he has been involved in 2 errant calls
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith says he has been involved in two errant calls the last two weeks.
Smith says the NFL notified the team that he shouldn't have been flagged for leading with his helmet while tackling New England receiver Chris Hogan in Week 2. Then, officials missed a holding call on Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan on a third-down play late last week that essentially allowed the Titans to run out the clock.
Texans visit Colts desperate for 1st win
HOUSTON (AP) — A season so promising just a few short weeks ago is on the verge of falling apart for the Houston Texans.
One of only three winless teams in the NFL, the Texans are desperate to get a victory on Sunday against the Colts and try to salvage their season.
"We have to win this game," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "We just have to win."
Mathieu (INT, fumble recovery) excels in Texans’ loss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Tom Brady's pass and also recovered a fumble Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Not good enough, if you ask the Houston Texans safety.
"Yeah, I touched the leather, but I didn't touch the end zone," Mathieu said after the 27-20 loss in the opener. "We lost by seven points, so that's how I look at it and how I judge myself."
Texans Preview Capsule
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-12)
New faces: S Tyrann Mathieu, G Senio Kelemete, G Zach Fulton, OT Seantrel Henderson, CB Aaron Colvin, QB Brandon Weeden, TE Jordan Akins.
Key losses: LB Brian Cushing, OT Jeff Allen, OL Xavier Su'a-Filo.
Cardinals Preview Capsule
ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8)
New faces: Coach Steve Wilks, QB Sam Bradford, QB Josh Rosen, RG Justin Pugh, RT Andre Smith, S Tre Boston, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Brice Butler, WR Christian Kirk, RB Chase Edmonds, C Mason Cole, CB Bene Benwikere.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Byard no longer needs the tweet of Deion Sanders calling the All-Pro and Pro Bowl safety "a fan" as the lock screen on his cellphone.
The Tennessee Titans safety believes he squeezed all the motivation needed from that Twitter exchange, which fueled him throughout the offseason in his quest to be the NFL's best in his third season.
Texans hold 3 picks on Day 2 of NFL draft
HOUSTON (AP) — First-year Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine will get his first chance to select a player in the NFL draft on Friday.
The Texans had no picks in the first round Thursday night and none in the second round, either — the first time that has happened in franchise history.
The Texans own three picks in the third round, at No. 68 overall, No. 80 and No. 98. The team has needs on the offensive line, at tight end and in the secondary.
That worked out nicely, didn't it?
I admit it. I was disappointed that the Steelers didn't sign Tyrann Mathieu when he hit free agency.
A lot of that disappointment, though, was rooted in the perception that the Steelers had also already decided against signing any one of the other top-flight free agent safeties who had been sitting idle on the open market for a week.
First call: Steelers reportedly get their safety; Gerrit Cole smitten with Astros
In Tuesday's first call, the Steelers may have gotten their safety, Gerrit Cole and Tyrann Mathieu talk about going to Houston, the Greek Freak gets particularly freaky, and we find out how complicated it may be to get Danny Hurley hired at UConn.
Breakfast with Benz: Steelers may sign safety Morgan Burnett; Pitt out of Dan Hurley running?
Well this is why we created this page in this first place.
There's news in "First Call" from overnight that the Steelers may have gotten their free agent safety, even if it isn't Tyrann Mathieu.
Green Bay's Morgan Burnett is reportedly heading to Pittsburgh to finalize a deal. The story was broken by Burnett's one time Packer teammate James Jones. He now works for the NFL Network.
Burnett was deemed by most NFL analysts to be the best safety available on the market before Arizona released Mathieu.
Tim Benz: Gateway Clipper got a bobcat, Steelers should have a Honey Badger
I saw footage of Jon Bostic's introductory news conference. He seemed pleasant.
He fills a need at inside linebacker. He apparently didn't cost too much.
Why was I so mad watching his media session, then?
Did he say something off-putting about taking Ryan Shazier's job?
"I would never say replace," Bostic said Monday after signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. "He's a special player."
The "Honey Badger" is headed to Houston.
The Houston Texans said Monday they had signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and claimed wide receiver Sammie Coates off waivers from Cleveland.
Mathieu was released last week by Arizona after five seasons when the two sides couldn't rework his contract. The 25-year-old safety was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially began and Arizona saved nearly $5 million in cap space by cutting him.
Texans sign free agent safety Mathieu, claim WR Coates
HOUSTON (AP) — The "Honey Badger" is headed to Houston.
The Houston Texans said Monday they had signed unrestricted free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and claimed wide receiver Sammie Coates off waivers from Cleveland.
The Arizona Cardinals will be releasing defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Fox's Jay Glazer first reported the news and the team quickly confirmed it.
“I’ve never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will," Cardinals GM Steve Keim said in a statement.
Promises turn into paydays as NFL business year begins
All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.
Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they'll still be doing so for months.
While the likes of Drew Brees, Malcolm Butler and Andrew Norwell cashed in bigtime, having reached agreements in the past two days before everything became official, some value entered the marketplace.
Cardinals release star safety Tyrann Mathieu
PHOENIX (AP) — The "Honey Badger" is leaving the desert.
The Arizona Cardinals released one of the team's most popular players, safety Tyrann Mathieu, on Wednesday after the two sides couldn't rework his contract.
Mathieu was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year officially begins. By cutting him, Arizona will save close to $5 million in cap space.
Cardinals finally get a win over a good team
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals finally beat a good team.
Phil Dawson kicked a 57-yard field goal with 1 second left, sending the Cardinals to a 27-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars for their first win of the season against a team with a winning record.
The Jaguars (7-4) had won four in a row. They dropped into a tie with Tennessee for first place in the AFC South.
Cardinals’ defense breaks down, gets picked apart by Wentz
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz turned third downs into a passing clinic against the Arizona Cardinals.
Six-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, 2015 Pro Bowl safety Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of Arizona's secondary had a tough time against Philadelphia's second-year quarterback.
Palmer rallies Cardinals to steal 16-13 OT win at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer managed to get the Arizona Cardinals into overtime Sunday. Tyrann Mathieu and Phil Dawson made sure they got out of Indianapolis pretty darn quick.
Mathieu intercepted new Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on the first play from scrimmage in the extra period, and Dawson made a 30-yard field goal four plays later to give the Cardinals a 16-13 victory.
Cardinals Preview Capsule
ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-8-1)
New Faces: ILB Karlos Dansby, K Phil Dawson, S Antoine Bethea, S Budda Baker, QB Blaine Gabbert, ILB Haason Reddick.
Key Losses: S Tony Jefferson, DT Calais Campbell, S D.J. Swearinger, ILB Kevin Minter, K Chandler Catanzaro, OG Earl Watford, CB Tyvon Branch.
Mathieu starting to look like ‘Honey Badger’ again
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As the Arizona Cardinals training camp drags on, Tyrann Mathieu is looking more and more like his old "Honey Badger" self.
"There's been a bunch of it," coach Bruce Arians said before Thursday's practice. "He's got his hands on a lot of balls and just missed a couple, but until there's real bullets, we'll have to see it then."
Arizona rookie Budda Baker impressive in camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals may have found themselves another Tyrann Mathieu in aggressive, versatile rookie Budda Baker.
Even Mathieu thinks the comparison is appropriate.
"His first day here," Mathieu said, "he was reminiscent of myself for sure."
Mathieu, who burst onto the scene as a do-everything rookie in 2013, is full of praise for Baker, a second-round draft pick out of Washington.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Entering his fifth NFL season, Tyrann Mathieu is trying to get his confidence back.
Fighting through injuries in all four of his NFL seasons, he has had a hard time maintaining the dynamic "Honey Badger" form best on display two years ago.
Two of his seasons were cut short by reconstructive knee surgery. Last year, a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve in late December, a premature end to an unsatisfying season for him and his team.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The fifth draft conducted by the Arizona Cardinals duo of general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians followed a familiar pattern.
Keim and Arians, obviously, have this drill down pat.
The theme, Arians said, was "position flexibility," players who can fill more than one role.
The first two picks, linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker, fit that bill. So do two big linemen who were picked on the final day.
The third-round choice was wide receiver Chad Williams.
Cardinals move up 9 spots to draft DB Budda Baker
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals kept their attention on the defense on Friday, trading up nine spots in the second round to select safety Budda Baker of Washington.
The comparisons to Tyrann Mathieu were immediate.
Mathieu himself tweeted "Young Savage."
Baker is muscular, instinctive, quick, 5-foot-10 and 192 pounds.
AP Source: Chiefs, Berry finalizing $78M, 6-year contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are finalizing a $78 million, six-year deal with Eric Berry that will make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been announced.
Cardinals place Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have placed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve, the third time the do-everything defensive back has finished the year on the injury list in his four NFL seasons.
Mathieu had been trying to play through a shoulder injury before the decision was made Friday to place him on injured reserve.
The 2015 All-Pro selection never has played a full season.
Cardinals release Floyd after DUI arrest, players ‘shocked’
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — In an abrupt move that stunned his teammates, the Arizona Cardinals released wide receiver Michael Floyd on Wednesday, two days after the 2012 first-round draft pick was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
Coach Bruce Arians declined to comment on the move other than to say it was a "totally" unanimous decision by him, team President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim.
Tyrann Mathieu back at practice, Jaron Brown signs extension
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu returned to practice for the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday and said he was optimistic that he would be able to play when the team faces the Vikings in Minnesota.
Coach Bruce Arians also confirmed after practice that wide receiver Jaron Brown has signed an extension that puts him under contract through next season.
Cardinals return to practice, Mathieu ‘close’ to return
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals returned to practice Tuesday after a long bye weekend off and the biggest news was Tyrann Mathieu's rapid recovery from a shoulder injury.
Coach Bruce Arians said he "'really has" been surprised by how quickly Mathieu is coming back. The do-everything All-Pro defensive back was projected to be out three to six weeks after he sustained a shoulder subluxation in the team's Oct. 30 loss at Carolina.
Cardinals have losing record halfway through season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — After yet another bad trip to Carolina, the Arizona Cardinals have a losing record halfway through their schedule, and a season that was supposed to be so successful is slipping away.
Cardinals’ Veldheer on IR, Mathieu out 3-6 weeks
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says left tackle Jared Veldheer will be placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps and safety/cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will be out three to six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Both were hurt in Sunday's 30-20 loss at Carolina.
The 6-foot-8, 321-pound Veldheer was the anchor of Arizona's offensive line and is in the third year of a five-year free agent deal he signed with the Cardinals in 2014.
Cardinals defense: No TDs allowed in last 2 games
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — So far, the Arizona Cardinals offense is nowhere near the dynamic, big-play outfit it was a year ago. The defense, though, might be better.
Arizona has not allowed a touchdown in its last two games — a 28-3 victory over the New York Jets and that strange 6-6 overtime tie with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. Actually, it is nine consecutive quarters if you count the 15-minute overtime period.
Cardinals coach Arians snaps over Canaday’s latest bad snap
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — On a day quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions and safety Tyrann Mathieu couldn't field a fumble and kicked the ball out of bounds, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians saved his bluntest critique on long snapper Kameron Canaday.
This, after all, wasn't the first time a bad snap from Canaday has cost the Cardinals (1-2) three weeks into the season.
Tyrann Mathieu still sore, staying patient at free safety
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu isn't the Honey Badger of old just yet, and it's by his own choice.
Barely eight months since surgery to repair a torn ACL, Mathieu's right knee is not ready for the rigors of scrambling all over the field as he did last season, a performance that earned him an All-Pro selection.
Coach Bruce Arians said he's waiting for Mathieu to come to him to say he's ready.
Cardinals’ Jefferson off to great start in contract year
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — No one has played better defense for the Arizona Cardinals through two games than Tony Jefferson.
The 24-year-old safety has 21 tackles, 18 of them unassisted. He has three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a recovered fumble.
Not bad for a guy who scraped his way onto the Cardinals' roster as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013.
Cardinals claim ex-Seahawks CB Simon on waivers
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have been awarded their waiver claim on cornerback Tharold Simon from the Seattle Seahawks.
To make room on the roster, the Cardinals waived/injured linebacker Lamar Luis (quad).
Simon was a fifth-round draft pick of the Seahawks out of LSU in 2013. He missed his rookie season with a foot injury and played in 11 games the past two seasons, five as a starter. He had 11 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed.
Tyrann Mathieu: ‘We’ll see’ if knee is 100 percent healthy
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly nine months after he tore an ACL and underwent knee surgery for the second time in three seasons, Tyrann Mathieu is back and ready to go in the Arizona Cardinals' season opener against New England on Sunday night.
Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu will play every down. Defensive coordinator James Boettcher said his do-everything All-Pro defensive back is "where he left off last year."
NFL 2016: Cardinals aiming for Super Bowl with talented team
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have made it as clear as the desert sky. Anything short of a Super Bowl will be disappointment.
"Everybody truly believes that we can be champions," defensive tackle Calais Campbell said.
The starters barely played a half combined in the preseason, and this is a team that knows it's good as long as Carson Palmer stays healthy and Tyrann Mathieu returns strong from a torn ACL.
Cardinals wrap up “business-like” training camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals ended one of the NFL's longer training camps on Friday, shutting it down amid talk around the league that this could be a Super Bowl team.
"I thought it was very business-like," coach Bruce Arians said. "I thought our guys came to work every day. We had maybe two lull practices, mostly young guys."