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

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

The NFL Network was also reporting the deal Monday night.

Mathieu spent last season with the Houston Texans after beginning his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with Tryann Mathieu in a big boost to their defensive backfield.

The Chiefs may pair Mathieu at safety with Berry, if he's healthy enough to play. Whatever the case, the Collins deal gives insight as to what general manager Brian Gaine and the Texans will have to pay to keep Mathieu around for the long term. He started 14 that season games at free safety and recorded five interceptions and 89 tackles.

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Meanwhile, the Chiefs are down one starting offensive lineman.

Mathieu can't officially sign until the league year begins on Wednesday, but he can negotiate with teams. He was on a one-year, $7 million deal. Morse started all 49 games in which he appeared during his four years in Kansas City.

Yes, the Chiefs - who aren't exactly flush with cap space, even after releasing Justin Houston - are paying quite a pretty penny to land the services of Mathieu. His full 2017 season came after he missed the last two games in 2015 with an ACL tear and then missed six games to a nagging shoulder injury in 2016 that ultimately put him on injured reserve.

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