Extra Points: Mathieu, Texans, Bucs, Bennett, Bears

It sounds like the Texans tried to keep Tyrann Mathieu before he ultimately signed with the Chiefs. Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo tweets that Houston offered the safety a long-term deal that would have paid him around $9.5MM per season.

The reporter notes that the Texans and Chiefs were bidding for Mathieu until the end, and Houston’s final offer was close to Kansas City’s. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the organization was (and, presumably, is) “willing to spend liberally” on a veteran safety, and both general manager Brian Gaine and coach Bill O’Brien wanted to keep Mathieu.

The safety ended up inking a three years worth $42MM with the Chiefs. The Texans have reportedly shifted their focus to other safeties, including Earl Thomas.

Let’s take a look at some additional notes from around the NFL…

  • Besides a safety, McClain notes that the Texans are also hunting for a pass-rushing “inside player.” The team could ultimately look towards the draft if nothing solidifies during free agency.
  • The Buccaneers reached out to linebacker Deone Bucannon, reports Greg Auman of The Athletic (via Twitter). The 26-year-old had spent his entire career with the Cardinals, and he started all of his 41 games between 2015 and 2017. He took a bit of a step back in 2018, compiling 38 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble in 13 games (six starts). The linebacker played with new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians during their stints in Arizona.
  • Following the Patriots‘ acquisition of Michael Bennett, there were some rumblings that his brother, tight end Martellus Bennett, would come out of retirement and return to New England. However, the Patriots’ new acquisition poured some water on the rumors this evening, saying that the whispers of Martellus coming out of retirement were “fake news” (via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com). After winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016, the tight end split the 2017 season between New England and Green Bay.
  • The Bears are expecting a pair of defensive backs to go elsewhere this offseason. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes that safety Adrian Amos is “close to having a deal in place elsewhere,” and it sounds like the team is already eyeing potential replacements. Meanwhile, Biggs notes that cornerback Bryce Callahan won’t be back with the Bears after they signed veteran Buster Skrine.
  • Before agreeing to a deal with the Broncos, safety Kareem Jackson was hoping he’d be back in Houston. However, the veteran didn’t receive a whole lot of interest from the Texans, leading to the player feeling “a little disrespected.” “They didn’t even approach me with an offer or any type of deal,” Jackson told Mark Berman of KRIV (via Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com). “Obviously, they didn’t want me back or whatever the case may be. I’m not really sure. My agent was never approached by anybody from the Texans organization, so I wasn’t offered a deal of any sort. I kind of feel a little disrespected to be honest about it. At the end of the day, no hard feelings. I had a great nine years here. This will always be home for me. I definitely appreciate all the memories and all the opportunities. I appreciate the fans and everything I was able to build here. I’ll always have love for Houston.”
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9 comments on “Extra Points: Mathieu, Texans, Bucs, Bennett, Bears

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Bears defense led the league in turnovers so now they want to give the secondary a makeover. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

    • cubsfan2489

      It’s two positions that are the easiest to find replacements for and not skip a beat. Makes quite a bit of sense if you ask me.

      • tim2686

        the only problem is that the bears have been horrible at finding replacement level talent at the safety position for a long time.

        • Bryzzo2016

          FS has been an issue for the Bears really since they had Mike Brown, SS is different. They still have Pro Bowler E Jax at FS and there are quite a few options for SS in FA this year. The cap is tough to manipulate, Amos and Callahan were always likely to make more on the open market than the Bears could pay and still keep their core together. They’ll be fine. Looks like Amos will be headed to the Packers.

    • justinept

      Callahan and Amos are good players, but they had 4 combined ints. Fuller and EJax both had more than that. So if turnovers is all you’re worried about, these aren’t actually big losses.

    • Priggs89

      Amos doesn’t force turnovers, and Bryce has never started more than 10 games in any season of his career. They might not get better at those positions, but they aren’t losing much if you’re just concerned about the turnovers.

  2. anthonyd4412

    Callahan is going to get starter’s money. Replacing Amos is a bit tougher but he’s far from a ball hawk. They’ll be fine

    • Rondon

      Callahan can’t stay on the field for a whole season and Amos looked better than he is because of the great players around him. The Packers just way overpaid him.

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