Tyrann Mathieu deleted a tweet, suggesting he could be talking with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mathieu responded to a tweet suggesting that the reason he has not signed with The Birds just yet in his free agency is because of Kyle Hamilton’s falling draft stock. The former Notre Dame star defensive back may potentially fall out of the top 10 and into the teens, right where the Eagles are picking. Hamilton has massive upside and would be playing on a much cheaper deal than Mathieu.
Here is Mathieu responding to the tweet in question with “Lol yeah ok.”
Tyrann Mathieu deletes tweet, suggesting the Philadelphia Eagles are in play
With Justin Reid coming aboard in Kansas City, a return to the Chiefs for Mathieu feels next to impossible. Factor in the Indianapolis Colts signing former Eagles safety Rodney McLeod and then adding former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore to their secondary, and Mathieu is not going there either. While his hometown New Orleans Saints are an option, so are the Eagles.
If Hamilton were to fall all the way to Philadelphia picking at No. 15, that would be incredible. It would be even more so if the Eagles passed on him then and were still able to get him with their second first-round pick at No. 18. Simply put, the Eagles may have interest in drafting Hamilton, but they cannot bank on him falling to them either. This is why Mathieu is an option in free agency.
Overall, the Eagles would be a terrific landing spot for Mathieu. They overachieved a year ago to be a playoff team. He would be replacing McLeod in the secondary. Factor in Jonathan Gannon being very much an on-the-rise defensive coordinator in the league and there is a lot to like about Philadelphia for someone like Mathieu. However, he and Hamilton are mutually exclusive entities.
No matter what happens, a lot will be made of Mathieu deleting his tweet about the Eagles’ plans.