One of the state's most beloved players was gone, about to hit the open market as a free agent for any team to bid on.
During his National Football League career, Mathieu has proven he can play either safety position and cover slot receivers as necessary.
Texans star J.J. Watt hinted at the news by tweeting three honey emoji, referencing Mathieu's "Honey Badger" nickname. Additionally help was also needed since Marcus Gilchrist departed for Oakland, signing a one-year deal per Ian Rapoport.
He reportedly signed a one-year contract with the Houston Texans, but the deal is worth only up to $7 million, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.
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But they barely reached 20 wins, limped to an 8-10 record in the Pac-12 and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. Kelan Martin can go for 30 points on anyone and Kamar Baldwin is one of the best guards in the nation on both ends of the floor.
The Arizona Cardinals released Mathieu to clear cap space just days ago.
Mathieu's arrival is much needed after a awful season for the Texans secondary.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals were willing to pay Mathieu $8 million in 2018.
One of the most important aspects of Mathieu's contact is that it is only for one year.
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Mathieu was cut in a salary-related maneuver, as he was due over $14 million in 2018.
Brett Veach, the team's general manager, was even asked about Mathieu's availability and said that he was interested if the team could scrape the money together. The Steelers would still have needed to address the position early in the upcoming draft and that player ultimately selected would then need to spend his rookie season as a special teams-only player being as Mathieu would be the starter.
In his first five years, Mathieu has had two major injuries, in 2013 Mathieu tore his left ACL and LCL and missed the final three regular season games.
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He added: "When you are in the hard moment and you have a run of results which go against you, you need to look at yourself and find the way out".