Three-time First-team All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu admitted he was "depressed" after it became evident to him the Kansas City Chiefs were ready to move on from him. After the 2021 season, Mathieu hit free agency, and even though he has interest in returning to the Chiefs, the team appears to have moved on from him.
Instead of inking a new deal with Mathieu, the Chiefs opted to give a three-year deal to fellow safety Justin Reid. "Bro, I was depressed," Mathieu told The Kansas City Star in an exclusive interview. "Heartbroken.
Heart. Broken. I could not understand it. I could not, man." The Chiefs gave Reid a three-year, $31.5 million deal. Mathieu says he would have been happy had the Chiefs made him that offer. "To be honest," Mathieu said, "if they would've offered me Justin Reid's deal, obviously I would've tried to negotiate, but if that's where they drew their line in the sand, I probably would've took it.
I probably would've took it. Agents are going to do their thing, but at the end of the day, it's the player's decision whether to sign it or not."
Mathieu sent out a cryptic tweet directed at the Chiefs
Last month, Mathieu sent out a tweet that many thought was directed at the Chiefs.
Now, a month later, it can be said with certainty that Mathieu was talking about the Chiefs. “Replacing me is easy,” Mathieu wrote. “Getting them to do the same thing I did is damn near impossible."
The Chiefs had a disappointing end to their season as they blew a 21-3 lead to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. After the game, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes voiced his disapppointment over how the team's season ended.
"The leaders on this team know this isn't our standard,'' Mahomes said after the loss. "We want to win the Super Bowl. Whenever you taste winning the Super Bowl, anything less than that is not success.
"It's definitely disappointing. Here, with this group of guys that we have, we expect to be in that game and win that game, and anything less than that is not success. We'll go back and look at all the things we did well, the adversity we battled through, the team we became at the end of the season and try to learn from the mistakes we made and try to be better next year." It remains to be seen on which team will Mathieu play next year.