Lions Reportedly Pursuing Free Agent Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu appears on television

Tyrann Mathieu is testing free agency.

Mathieu, who turns 27 in May, gives the Chiefs the versatile safety they've lacked ever since losing Berry to a torn Achilles tendon in the 2017 season opener. The club offered him a long-term deal worth more than $9.5 million annually, per SI's Albert Breer.

Tyrann Mathieu will join the Kansas City Chiefs with a three-year deal worth up to $42 million, according to NFL Network and other reports Monday (March 11).

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In Houston, Mathieu notched 89 tackles and two interceptions for former Chiefs DC/HC Romeo Crennel's defense. Mathieu is an LSU Tigers legend and New Orleans native whose story speaks to many fans, and his electric style of play on the field could help any team in the league. He's primarily played free safety, but did appear at corner last season for the Texans.

Monday marked the start of clubs' ability to contact and enter contract negotiations with "certified unrestricted free agents" who will become such officially at 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

Last offseason, Mathieu signed with the Texans after the Arizona Cardinals asked him to take a cut in pay before giving him his release. 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.

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