Texans sign Tyrann Mathieu

After five seasons in Arizona, mostly plagued by major knee injuries, the hybrid defensive back could prove to be a high-value play for the Texans should he stay upright.

Kahron Spearman

The Houston Texans have officially signed the Honey Badger.

The team formally introduced safety Tyrann Mathieu on Monday. The former Cardinal signed a one-year, $7 million deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mathieu was released by Arizona after five seasons when he refused to accept a pay cut. The 25-year-old safety was due for $18.75 million of his contract to become fully guaranteed at the start of the league year. Arizona saved about $5 million by cutting him.

At the press conference, Mathieu said he was excited to play with the Texans' plethora of talent.

I don't think I've ever played with a defensive line quite like the guys that they have here with [Whitney] Mercilus and [J.J.] Watt and [Jadeveon] Clowney," Mathieu said. "So, I'm going to have a lot of fun playing behind those guys and I think that played a part in me coming here as well.

Tyrann Mathieu
Safety, Houston Texans

While health played a significant part in his release from the Cardinals, Mathieu is one of most productive defenders in the NFL, as one of the top nickel corner/run-stuffing safeties around. His play inside the box will augment Houston's pass rush and run game, serving as a linebacker/safety in some alignments.

After finishing three of his five seasons in Arizona on injured reserve, following two significant knee injuries - a torn ACL and LCL in 2013 and a torn ACL in 2015 - Mathieu will have to show he can stay on the field for Houston.