Texans offered Mathieu long-term deal worth over $9.5M per year

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2019

The NFL Network was also reporting the deal Monday night. Before then, the New Orleans native hadn't played a full season without missing multiple games to injury. Whatever the case, the Collins deal gives insight as to what general manager Brian Gaine and the Texans will have to pay to keep Mathieu around for the long term.

Mathieu will now man the back end of the Chiefs secondary with another big-name safety, Eric Berry.

During his six-year career, Mathieu has 353 total tackles, seven sacks and 13 interceptions.

It's easy to assume Mathieu will start in place of Ron Parker at the free safety spot, but he's highly versatile and should be able to give Steve Spagnuolo some options on the defensive side. But he's been durable since, playing all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017 and for the Texans last season.

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Center Mitch Morse, who will officially become a free agent when the league year opens on Wednesday, intends to sign with Buffalo, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Reiter started four games in the 2018 season when a concussion sidelined Morse for five games. He was on a one-year, $7 million deal.

Morse, a 26-year-old Missouri product, was taken by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Mathieu is not the only former LSU player to agree on a lucrative multi-year deal Monday. Foles had been in Philadelphia, where he helped the Eagles to their Super Bowl LII win.

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