It’s been a very quiet free agency period for Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu so far.
Many Chiefs fans were surprised when former Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen signed a free agent contract before Mathieu. Reported interest surrounding Mathieu has been lacking, but it appears this could be self-inflicted. Speaking on Pat McAfee’s show last week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport explained exactly what’s going on with the Mathieu market in free agency.
“I don’t get the feeling that I’m in a hurry at all,” Rapoport told McAfee. “Like every year, there are a couple of free agents, who just sit there and maybe wait for the draft. Maybe if a team needs a safety, needs a leader, maybe they don’t get what they wanted in the draft, they come looking for it. I could see Honey Badger being out there to A while.”
Rapoport suggests that Mathieu has not yet signed not because of a lack of offers, but because the offers he has been receiving do not match what he thinks he deserves in a contract.
“Yeah, look, I could have signed,” Rapoport continued. “(In many places. It’s, ‘Are you getting the contract you want? (The contract) you’ve earned.’ The really good ones who know their value will just hang out and wait. It doesn’t always work, but a lot of the time it does Because if you’re a great player, you have all the leverage. You’re a great player. You just have to be patient and hang in there a little bit.”
While Mathieu waits for an offer that might not come, some teams have withdrawn from the race. USA TODAY reporter Safid Dean was on hand for Dolphins general manager Chris Grier’s talk with the media at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. Grier said they won’t go after Mathieu in free agency.
However, Miami isn’t the only team that seems to be off the market for Mathieu. Despite a groundswell of fans clamoring for the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign Mathieu in free agency, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac says the Steelers aren’t in the financial position to be players in their market. That’s because they’re looking to extend security that’s already on your computer.
“Despite the public’s wishful thinking, they are not in a financial position to sign Tyrann Mathieu due to the large extension they are prepared to give safety Minkah Fitzpatrick for free, according to sources,” Dulac wrote.
One team to watch out for is the Las Vegas Raiders, who have a star defender who recruits on social media. That said, the Raiders have their own financial problems as they try to find an extension for quarterback Derek Carr.
At the end of the day, Mathieu’s patience is a big risk and one that might not pay off with the deal he wants. Instead, this could be a situation where Mathieu finds himself waiting for the best situation to come along. As long as he remains available, there is still a chance, albeit a slim one, that he will return to Kansas City in 2022. After all, the team sits atop the NFL in terms of cap space after the Tyreek Hill trade. .