Not to say he'll be Ronde Barber with the Buccaneers, but that's the ceiling for him should he find work in Tampa.
An interesting tidbit is the note from Breer that Mathieu's value would be diminished with the new defensive scheme that Steve Wilks and Al Holcomb are bringing to the team.
Mike Maccagnan has been adamant about improving the state of his secondary. The 25-year-old was clearly prepared to roll the dice on earning a more lucrative contract on the open market. Mathieu wound up making a little less than $22 million of that. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team does not release financial terms of contracts. "And so there was noise, chatter about me and about what I can do and whether I was all the way back from the injuries".
If we are being honest, it's unlikely the Panthers will sign him, especially having to compete with the likes of the New York Jets, who feature some of his former coaches and a heck of a lot more cap space than Carolina.
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Areas the team could cut to help pay for a big contract would be wide receiver Brandon LaFell who would free up $4 million and safety George Iloka who would save the team $4.4 million.
"This was an extremely hard decision, but the right one for me and my family", Thomas said. ".It's not all about money for me". The NFL salary cap for 2018 is $177.2 million. Mathieu, throughout his career in Arizona, has taken up a number of key roles in the secondary, one of them being slot cornerback.
The team has told the five-year pro that he will be released, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. The former LSU great is coming off his first National Football League season of playing the full 16 game slate - he started for Arizona in each of the games.
The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent running back Jerick McKinnon and offensive lineman Weston Richburg... Two torn ACLs and a shoulder injury have landed him on injured reserve three times. He allowed a rating of 130.2 in 2016 and 91.6 last season.