The Texans star-laden defense just got even better.
Former Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu signed a one-year, $7 million dollar deal in Houstonper Adam Schefter. 'Honey Badger' was barely on the market for 48 hours after his Wednesday release from the Cardinals.
The All-Pro safety was allowed to walk by Arizona after rejecting a pay cut and was immediately recruited by the Texans biggest star, JJ Watt upon his release! The three-time NFL defensive player of the year took to Twitter to get Mathieu's attention and it appears it worked!
And, it seems as though Watt knew about the deal well before the media as he sent out this cryptic tweet referencing Mathieu's 'Honey Badger' alias a few hours before the news broke last night:
The one-year deal is savvy business for both parties, with the Texans snagging one of the most dynamic defensive playmakers in the league on a cheap deal, and Mathieu gambling on his ability before hitting free agency again in 2019.
The 25-year-old could become a key piece on the back end of Romeo Crenell's defense if he rediscovers his All Pro form from 2015. His ability to make plays on all three levels is rare and electrifying, something that the Texans were missing last season.
In five season in Arizona, Honey Badger compiled 308 tackles (283 solo), 4 sacks, 41 pass deflections, 11 INTs, four forced fumbles, fumble recovery and a TD.
The secondary let them down in big spots, but with the addition of Mathieu and former Jags corner Aaron Colvin, they should be a much improved unit.
And, in a division with Andrew Luck, it's vital they have a strong secondary.
Mathieu seemed pretty pumped to be linking up with Watt too!
Texans QB Desean Watson also welcomed the former LSU star to Houston on Twitter!
The list names of star names that Crenell now has to work with is quite extensive. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney make up arguably the most dangerous pass rushing trio in football.
They are joined in the front seven by promising young linebacking duo Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney.
Adding Mathieu to a secondary that includes Colvin, Jonathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson makes for pretty reading in Houston.
This group could be the most dominant in football if all it's pieces stay healthy and click together. And, with Watson's offensive brilliance, 2018 could be their best chance at making a deep playoff run in the Bill O'Brien era.
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