Now opted with a similar choice, Mathieu chose to bet on himself and test the waters of free agency. At their best, this could be one of the best safety duos in the National Football League, but is that name recognition good enough for Kansas City to get a passing grade for this signing?
In his lone season with the Texans, Mathieu made 89 tackles, recorded eight passes defensed, sacked the quarterback three times and intercepted two passes.
Mathieu, who turns 27 in May, gives the Chiefs the versatile safety they've lacked ever since losing Berry to a torn Achilles tendon in the 2017 season opener.
The former LSU safety played the 2018 season under a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, who reportedly offered him a multi-year contract in excess of $9.5 million per season, but he chose the more lucrative per-season offer from the Chiefs. He spent five seasons in Arizona and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All Pro for his breakout 2015 season. He played both strong safety and slot corner. Sports first reported the Chiefs were close to a deal with Mathieu on Monday evening.
He signed a one-year deal with the Texans for $7m in March 2018.
Despite missing at least two games in each of his first four National Football League seasons, Mathieu has played all 16 games in each of his last two. Reiter, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in September, signed a two-year deal in December worth up to $5.5 million, with a $1 million signing bonus.