The Tyrant Mathieu Sweepstakes draws to a close and the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be on the run with their former superstar.
Mathieu described what it was like for him to hear the news that the Chiefs were moving forward with Justin Reid at the safety position. Rather than try to negotiate with Mathieu — or expose her hard line in the sand on a deal — Reid received the offer Mathieu never made.
He was heartbroken.
“Bro, I was depressed,” Mathieu said Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star. “Heartbroken. Heartbroken. I couldn’t understand it. I couldn’t, man.”
Mathieu said if the Chiefs had merely offered him Reid’s contract, he probably would have accepted it after some haggling.
“To be honest, if they had offered me Justin Reid’s deal, obviously I would have tried to negotiate, but if they had drawn their line in the sand there, I probably would have taken it,” Mathieu said. “I probably would have taken it. The agents will do their thing, but at the end of the day it’s the player’s decision whether to sign it or not.”
Bully Mathieu heartbroken by Chiefs
Whether or not this is just Mathieu playing his exit, it sounds (from his perspective) that Kansas City never really entertained the idea of bringing him back for any reason.
“I don’t think she understands how hard I’ve taken it,” Mathieu said of his fiancee Sydni Russell. “I don’t like to move. I hate that.”
Mathieu accepting Reid’s contract, especially on a multi-year deal, would have been a huge pay cut for the star’s safety. Chances are he’ll get more money in the free hand, although it takes a while to get to that point.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and his hometown New Orleans Saints have all expressed interest in Mathieu. Eventually the hard feelings will subside. But right now it still hurts to leave the winning culture in KC.
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