4. Kansas City Chiefs
It may pain Chiefs fans to make this admission, but no one associated with the team can be sure Eric Berry will ever enjoy another healthy campaign. We’re not suggesting the organization move on from him entirely, but signing Mathieu would give the team a tremendous insurance policy.
Even if Berry does enter the 2019 season with a clean bill of health, Kansas City can still use more play makers on the defensive side of the ball. Mathieu’s versatility would give Andy Reid and his coaching staff a lot of flexibility on defense. Adding a potential Pro Bowl safety might be just enough to push Kansas City into the Super Bowl.
Part of Mathieu’s appeal to the Chiefs is his ability to play down in the box as well. He’s a rare safety who can bother opposing offenses at the line of scrimmage and playing in the deep third of the field. At his best Berry can do the same thing, but there’s no rule against having two players capable of playing that role.
The Honey Badger could also aid Kansas City’s ability to cover the slot when they’re faced with multiple receiver sets. That shouldn’t be his primary role, but it is something he can do on certain passing downs. The bottom line is the Chiefs need disruptive players on defense. Mathieu is a guy who can wreck an opposing game plan.