Tyrann Mathieu signs 1-year deal with Houston Texans

Tyrann Mathieu signs 1-year deal with Houston Texans

Mathieu turned that down and took a a one-year contract that will pay him $6.5 million, with up to $500,000 more in incentives if he plays in all 16 games. It's not how Colbert operates with high-profile free agents and it will never be how he operates with them moving forward.

The mega-deal the Cardinals gave Mathieu started with hope and promise 10 months ago, and Wednesday it was the reason Mathieu's time with the Cardinals came to an end.

The Honey Badger agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Texans, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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New teammate J.J. Watt shared his excitement on Twitter shortly afterwards. His 2017 salary of $4.75 million was also fully guaranteed at signing, giving Mathieu $21.25 million before he was completely healed from the injury. However, he has struggled to return to his All-Pro level of play from 2015 - when he racked up five interceptions, 17 passes defensed and 89 tackles in 14 games - since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December of that year.

Only 25-years-old, Mathieu still has a lot left in the tank and should be a player of huge impact for several more years.

Brett Veach, the team's general manager, was even asked about Mathieu's availability and said that he was interested if the team could scrape the money together.