Texans make huge splash by signing former Cardinals star Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu will be a Texan. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Texans made their biggest splash yet in free agency Friday night, signing former Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu to a one-year deal.

Mathieu, the former LSU star, instantly becomes the most accomplished safety the Texans have ever had. He was an All-Pro in 2015, but injuries made him expendable in Arizona. If he can stay healthy, he provides something the Texans have never had at the position -- a versatile playmaker who can be dynamic.

The former LSU star struggled the last two seasons with injuries. He is not the biggest player in the world, and plays with reckless abandon. The best comparison is probably former Colts safety Bob Sanders.

When healthy, however, he is one of the top safeties in the league. It is a good gamble for the Texans, as it is a one-year deal with little risk. If he is healthy and has a big year, they can pay him. If not? They have lost nothing. The secondary should be much better next season with the addition of the honey badger and Aaron Colvin and the return of Jonathan Joseph.

The Texans still have holes -- left tackle, backup QB and tight end -- but they have fixed a lot of issues over the last few days. And adding Mathieu could be a home run.

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The Houston Texans have already underwhelmed in their first three games of the season, causing many fans and media to voice their doubts about QB Davis Mills, OC Pep Hamilton, and HC Lovie Smith.

Which begs the question, should the organization be patient with these guys? The answer is yes, if we consider the credibility Lovie Smith brings to the team that they haven't had in a while. And if we're being honest with ourselves, Lovie has a lot more to fix than just wins and losses over the first three games of 2022.

Finally, we lay out several reasons why there's no need to panic and the Texans still have time to get things moving in the right direction, Rex Burkhead aside.

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