Tyrann Mathieu, entering final year of contract, offers candid thoughts about career future
Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu is at the point in his career when he’s thinking about career legacy, and how to finish his time in the NFL.
He’s enjoyed Kansas City so much, Mathieu wouldn’t mind finishing his time in the NFL with the Chiefs. Mathieu is due $14.55 million in base salary this upcoming season, the final year of his contract. He is 29 and the fifth-highest-paid safety in terms of total value at $42 million and sixth in average per year at $14 million. His future contract is up for debate, and especially whether Kansas would use the franchise tag on him.
“It’s probably top of the list,” Mathieu said, per NFL.com. “It’s been everything I’ve asked for. As for me, I feel like I can play football anywhere, but when you develop certain relationships with certain people, these people become a part of your life. So, coach Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo), coach [Dave] Merritt, [head] coach [Andy] Reid, coach Barry Rubin, our strength coach, all these men have been important to me, so I can’t see me ever walking away from that relationship. I’ve been through a lot in my life, so for me I think holding onto certain relationships, I think that kind of outweighs any monetary thing, any short feeling or emotion I may be dealing with in the moment.”
After he was dismissed from LSU for a violation of team rules before his junior season, he entered a drug rehab facility before eventually being drafted by Arizona. He then signed with Houston, and later a three-year deal with the Chiefs.