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Pro Football Focus has Tyrann Mathieu as an immediate impact for the Houston Texans

The football analytics site sees an immediate impact for Tyrann Mathieu in his new team.

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One of the more intriguing storylines to follow in 2018 is what happens with former Arizona Cardinals All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu.

He gave up a reduced salary request from Steve Keim and company, instead deciding to take less money from the Houston Texans on a one year deal.

That means he can cash in again in the 2019 offseason.

Many Cardinals fans are not worried about the loss of Mathieu, as Budda Baker, Jamar Taylor and Bene Benwikere all will have the chance to fill the hole that Mathieu left.

Part of the reason Cards fans weren’t exactly worried is because Mathieu’s play was not the same as it was early in his career.

However, despite a drastic shift in PFF grading, PFF sees Mathieu as one of the impact moves of the offseason:

The Honey Badger has fallen off a bit since his elite (92.8 overall grade) 2015 season with the Arizona Cardinals, but the five-year veteran still can add value to the Texans’ defense as a play-making cornerback/safety hybrid. In 2017, Mathieu ranked fourth in pass-rush productivity (17.1) and 30th in yards allowed per coverage snap (0.93) among qualifying cornerbacks.

The reason it will be interesting to watch is to see if both sides were right, or who wins the breakup.

PFF thinks Mathieu is one of the 20 impact moves of the offseason, would you agree?