Tyrann Mathieu means Chiefs no longer have to count on Eric Berry

The moment the Kansas City Chiefs leaked word that they had signed Tyrann Mathieu to a deal in free agency, the response from analysts, fans, and even Chiefs players was overwhelmingly positive, as everyone was excited to add the free agent safety.

Despite pawing at the safety market at the trade deadline a year ago, the Chiefs may end up in a better place with Mathieu, who will turn 27 just before training camp. He signed a $7 million deal for a single year last offseason as a prove-it sort of role with the Texans after dealing with injury concerns in previous years.

The Kansas City Chiefs and safety Tyrann Mathieu have reached an agreement on a three-year deal worth $42 million, a source told Yahoo Sports. They provided a comfortable contract for Mathieu, but was that all that he was after during this free agency period?

By comparison, Mathieu, a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro selection from 2015, produced 89 combined tackles, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, eight pass deflections, and a forced fumble through 16 starts. He spent five seasons in Arizona before penning a one-year deal with the Texans.

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The Chiefs hope to improve one of the NFL's worst defences this off-season, and the idea of pairing Mathieu with Eric Berry in the secondary is a strong start.

Mathieu can't officially sign until the league year begins on Wednesday, but he can negotiate with teams.

Despite missing at least two games in each of his first four National Football League seasons, Mathieu has played all 16 games in each of his last two.

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