The Honey Badger is on the move. He is slated to earn around $7 million a season which is almost half of what Mathieu is expected to earn after signing a three-year deal worth up to $42 million.
Thomas, who has been seeking a trade or extension from Seattle over the a year ago, is one of the last marquee free agents safeties available although he's been reported to be seeking the most money.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42m deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports Monday. That wasn't enough to convince the safety not to field offers from other teams such as the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
The versatile playmaker has played free safety, strong safety and cornerback since entering the league as a third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2013.
Mathieu is not the only former LSU player to agree on a lucrative multi-year deal Monday. While there is sure to be some contractual arm wrestling there - I can not imagine being able to sustain two of the five biggest cap hits in the league at one position, even if you deal Dee Ford and cut Justin Houston - and imagining those two in a defensive backfield together should be intimidating for even the division's most tenured quarterbacks.
During his first and only year with the Texans, Mathieu last year played 16 games, made 70 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.