Tyrann Mathieu Signs With Houston Texans: One-Year, $7 Mill

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.

Tyrann Mathieu is heading to Houston, and JJ Watt loves it.

Mathieu was released by the Cardinals on Wednesday.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, All-Pro defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.

The signing was actually inferred to be done on the mean streets of Twitter by JJ Watt, who opted to use his emoji game to announce the news. If Mathieu plays well and appears in the majority of games they can offer him a larger longterm contract after this season. He had $5.75 million and $8 million respectively in guaranteed salary over the next two years. If any contract negotiations between the Steelers and Mathieu's side took part at all, I can nearly guarantee you those talks revolved around a multi-year offer and probably around $7 million or less per year average. The Steelers would still have needed to address the position early in the upcoming draft and that player ultimately selected would then need to spend his rookie season as a special teams-only player being as Mathieu would be the starter.

Mathieu came on slowly in 2016, and his season was cut short by a shoulder injury, landing him on injured reserve for the third time in four seasons.

  • Steve Townsend