Tyrann Mathieu is still a free agent nearly a month after negotiations first opened. This is mildly surprising. At first, everybody expected the player known as the “Honey Badger” to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, the team he revitalized his career with after a torn ACL and the place he had established himself as an emotional leader for a championship team. Plus, leaving Kansas City while Patrick Mahomes is still there is not the type of thing a competitor of Mathieu’s type does.
But it seems the money wasn’t right or the Chiefs simply weren’t interested. They signed former Texans safety Justin Reid to a decent-sized deal and Mathieu remained on the open market. Thus, here we are three weeks later. Mathieu is probably the biggest name left on the market, and still has something to give. He had six passes defended as one of the few competent members of Kansas City’s secondary last year along with three interceptions and 76 tackles. Any smart defensive coordinator could use a do-it-all safety like Mathieu.
So where will he end up? Here are a few options.
Los Angeles Rams
On Tuesday morning, Dan Graziano reported the Rams and Mathieu have “mutual interest” in reaching a deal. It makes sense in a few ways. Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is considered one of the brightest minds in the game and Los Angeles’ defense was as important as its powerhouse offense in winning the Super Bowl last year. But for all the talent the defensive front boasted, the back end was wear. The Ramshad to bring back Eric Weddle for their playoff run, and while that worked out, he isn’t coming back again and they need to boost their depth desperately.