Report: Chiefs signing S Tyrann Mathieu to 3-year deal

Houston Texans free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) before an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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(WIBW) -- On Monday, Yahoo! Sports' Terez Paylor, ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Kansas City Chiefs were signing former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Mathieu, affectionately known as the Honey Badger, is reportedly signing a 3-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs.

According to Rapoport, Mathieu was Kansas City's top target in free agency.

Monday marked the start of clubs' ability to contact and enter contract negotiations with "certified unrestricted free agents" who will become such officially at 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

Mathieu, 26, spent last season with the Houston Texans and his first five years with the Arizona Cardinals, making a Pro Bowl in 2015.

In Houston, Mathieu notched 89 tackles and two interceptions for former Chiefs DC/HC Romeo Crennel's defense. He was on a one-year, $7 million deal.

The Texans were reportedly working on a long-term deal for Mathieu, as well, which, according to Albert Breer, would have paid him in excess of $9.5 million per year.

Breer also reported Mathieu planned to "test the market,"

Despite missing at least two games in each of his first four NFL seasons, Mathieu has played all 16 games in each of his last two.

Kansas City's defense ranked 26th in defensive efficiency and allowed the second-most passing yards per game (273.4) in 2018.

The Chiefs organization has yet to confirm the reports or announce the news officially. The complete terms of the contract are not yet known.