The Texans want to re sign after he made a significant difference in 2018 in their secondary. 

There’s 1 place head trainer Bill O’Brien would like manager Brian Gaine to get started.

And while the Texans head trainer said several times that the free-agency feature of the match is”a company” and that”it will take two to tango,” there’s no uncertainty Mathieu was one of few bright spots in Houston’s pass defense last season.

The former Arizona Cardinals safety quickly turned into a pioneer in the lockerroom afterwards connecting the team last March and has been a difference-maker in the field too. He was moved across the field due to accidents from the secondary, although mathieu was introduced to play with safety. He bet on himself last offseason when he signed up a one-year, $7 million contract, and it repaid. Mathieu is place to receive a payday.

“He is a guy that basically meant a lot to our lockerroom,” O’Brien explained. “I’ve said it time and time again, this guy arrived and was there out of the offseason program and then at the close of training camp has been voted a team captain. I do believe he says a good deal about the impact he’d, not simply as a person — he is a good football player, he is a intelligent football player, he is a versatile player — but what he meant leadership-e in the lockerroom “

The Texans have another veteran entering free agency in long-time Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, who was the Texans’ first-round pick in 2010. The veteran moved from corner to safety past offseason and needed plenty of success at the career in the season, but he wound primarily playing corner back, again, due to injuries.

“Kareem needed a great season for people, too,” O’Brien explained. “Again, he is a versatile player. He. He has been as the day I walked in here with us. He is a first Texan, was drafted being a Texan and also has received a good career “

Jackson is coming out of his best season, with a career-high 87 tackles and 17 passes defended. He also had two forced fumbles, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a sofa. It appears improbable it would bring back Jackson and Mathieu if Jackson contributes to playing safety though the team appreciated exactly what Jackson did last season. With Justin Reid coming off a productive rookie season, just one of Jackson or Mathieu is needed.

The Texans’ first roster movement of the offseason was at his or her own secondary. On Tuesday they published Kevin Johnson, who’d have been owed more than 9 million because of his fifth-year option if he was to the roster at the start of the newest yearold. The 2015 pick missed the vast majority of this 2018 season after suffering a concussion in the opener against and has played in only 35 games in his first four seasons. While it is possible Johnson could yield a more affordable contract, the Texans are not willing to pay him top dollar at the career; he was set to make more than veteran cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph along with Aaron Colvin.

Joseph will return for the year of this $10 million contract he signed up at age 34. Houston will hope for more from Colvin, who signed up a four-year deal worth $34 million in 2018. Colvin missed last season but he failed to play at the amount that the Texans hoped for when he signed him and was a healthy scratch down the stretch , even after he came back.

“[Colvin] probably expected himself to play and perform well, too,” Gaine explained. “I’d say this: Aaron coped with some injury last year. Regrettably , he tried to come back from that injury and probably didn’t play as well as he hoped, therefore we’re expecting Year two of free agency, you obtain a superior dividend and more gifts from the nickel standing.”

The front seven is always the highlight and focal point of the Houston defense right now — it’s hard for that to not be the case once J.J. Watt along with Jadeveon Clowney are lining up together — but it isn’t tough to see exactly how good the unit may be. The defense gave up an average of just 19.8 points a game last season, tied for fourth in the , even though all the changes in the secondary. Back in 20-16, Houston thrived defensively with a corner-back trio of Jackson, Joseph and A.J. Bouye. Since Bouye’s passing, there has been a hole at the secondary.

“On the defensive side of the globe, the effectiveness of our team, obviously, sits at front of seven. “On The corner, we’re working with some freeagent scenarios and we have to browse that on the next coming weeks. Thus, we will continue to attempt to create the defense and make it an advantage of the team.”

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