He was a first-team All-Pro as recently as 2015.
I just think it's a ideal fit for him for what Kansas City does and all the loss they've had on the defensive side of the ball, especially at the cornerback position and the linebacker position.
Mathieu, who's known as "The Honey Badger", will likely gain a lot of interest from teams around the league given his strong play.
Mathieu spent an entire season out of football and slid to the third round before the Cardinals took a chance by selecting him in 2013.
The guarantees in Mathieu's five-year contract extension from 2016 amounted to $40 million, but Mathieu would only make slightly less than $22 million of that amount. The good news is according to the NFL.com, the Bucs are among the top-7 spots where Mathieu could potentially land. That diminished what he was worth.
Per Breer from Mathieu, the Cardinals initially wanted $5 million of the $11 million he was due in 2018 taken out in a restructuring of his contract. That was about a week ago. When Mathieu declined the week prior to free agency, Arizona came back with a reduced offer of $3 million chopped off the $11 million.
If the money adds up, Mathieu would easily fit in the Giants' defense and in Bettcher's scheme considering his familiarity with it and Big Blue's obvious need for another safety. I want to go somewhere where I can be completely immersed in football, and it's not too much about anything but winning. "That's all I want". And again, there's a lesson in there for every player, on how everything can change in the blink of an eye.
"I'd tell them, don't have any regrets, just put your best foot forward", he said. Just handle what you can handle, don't set your heart on being with one team, because things can change.
And Mathieu can say that now having little choice but to do so himself.