Tyrann Mathieu is slated to hit NFL free agency this offseason and, while he’s vital to the Chiefs, these teams should try and steal him away.
In just about a week and a half, the Rams and Bengals will battle to be the last NFL team standing in the Super Bowl. For the other 30 teams in the league, however, the offseason has already begun with clubs eyeing how they can improve their rosters through the draft and, firstly, free agency.
One player slated to hit the free-agent market in the 2022 offseason is safety Tyrann Mathieu. The 29-year-old has spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs. He’s been crucial for their defense but it’s possible that a parting of ways could be forthcoming.
There’s no doubt that several teams would like to ensure that happens by enlisting Mathieu’s services for themselves. In particular, these four teams should have a desire and realistic chance to land the Pro Bowl safety.
Tyrann Mathieu: 4 teams that could steal safety away from Chiefs in free agency
4. San Francisco 49ers
Outside of quarterback, the one hole the 49ers showed in 2021 was in the secondary. San Francisco’s defensive backs group and it was wildly apparent against teams that could throw proficiently.
A unit comprised of some combination of Jimmie Ward, Emmanuel Moseley, K’Waun Williams, Josh Norman, Jaquiski Tartt and Ambry Thomas throughout the year was often a problem for the 49ers. They were an underwhelming group and improving that this offseason is of the utmost importance.
Currently, San Francisco has roughly $5 million in cap space for next season. That total, however, is misleading as moving Jimmy Garoppolo would free up north of $25 million. With over $30 million then, making a move for Mathieu would definitely be in the cards.
The 49ers pass rush led by Nick Bosa is absolutely lethal. Thus, don’t be surprised if general manager John Lynch and the front office go all-in on upgrading the secondary. Mathieu would be a massive part of that as he could step in and be utilized as a chess piece that can move all over the field.